Hold Your Tongue by James Crawford
Bilingualism and the Politics of "English Only"

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A thought-provoking study of the current debate over the use of minority languages reveals American attitudes toward the country's increasingly diverse culture and details the destructive impact of the English-Only movement.
 

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James Crawford is the Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge, where he is Chair of the Faculty of Law, 2003-06. He was formerly Director of the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, 1995-2003. Before moving to Cambridge in 1992 he was a Member of theAustralian Law Reform Commission; from 1992 he was a member of the International Law Commission, and was responsible in that capacity for the ILC's Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court (1994) and the ILC's Articles on State Responsibility (2001).
 
Published August 1, 1992 by Addison-Wesley. 324 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Disturbed by what seems to be a flood of immigrants--from Spanish-speaking countries, Vietnam, China, and Haiti, for instance--who cannot or do not choose to speak English, ``English-only'' proponents, Crawford says, proclaim, ``We learned English, why can't they?'' The author cites studies showi...

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This incisive, entertaining analysis dismantles the premises of the English Only movement, which supports a constitutional amendment that would make English the U.S.'s official language.

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