The Official Language Movement

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The Official Language Movement Susan R. Rodgers University of Phoenix-Axia College
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The question has been raised should we as a country adopt the policy of making English our country’s “official” language. This is a question that has raised many responses and caused many eyebrows to be raised. Worst of all it has caused people to go to court trying to show that bilingualism is needed in the work place, politics, and education. In Whose Language Is It? Mr. Richard Rueben (1996), a lawyer, has given a summary of the Supreme Court case Arizonans for Official English versus Yniguez . This case was to determine if the state employees of Arizona must use English only when conducting official business. Many organizations came to support Yniguez’s side of the case. According to Mr. Rueben, linguists pointed out, “Even communicating with the deaf in sign language would be barred because it is not English.” Even thought the Supreme Court declined the Arizonans, the Arizonans were given
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This note was uploaded on 08/18/2011 for the course ETH 125 taught by Professor Jameshenderson during the Winter '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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