Languages We Speak: Discourses of Linguistic Diversity and Language Change
A guide to resources for PWR 1:The Rhetoric of Language and Thought. According to recent census estimates, at least 220 language are spoken in California and nearly half of California residents speak a language other than English at home. And, while cognitive and sociolinguists point to the benefits of multilingualism, bilingual education in California was banned from 1998 until the Multilingual Act in 2016. What is the effect of English language dominance both in the US and worldwide? And, think about this, while Mexico's government recognizes 68 indigenous languages, linguists recognize 292 separate languages. Why this difference? What roles do scientific, political, and popular discourses play in shaping language ideologies?
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Background/Reference Sources: Language Diversity
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