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Language Rights and the Law in the United States and Its Territories


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Introduction Part 1. U.S. State, Territorial, and Freely Associate State Language Rights Legislation 1 Language Rights in the Fifty States of the United States 2 Language Rights in the Territories of the United States and the Freely Associated States Part 2. U.S. Federal Language Rights Legislation 3 Language Rights in the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 4 Language Rights in the Workplace in the United States Part 3. Language Rights in the Southwest of the United States 5 Language Rights in the Southwest of the United States and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 6 Language Rights and Devolution in the Southwest of the United States Part 4. Language Rights in the Pacific Island Territories of the United States 7 Language Rights in the United States Island Territory of Guam 8 Language Rights in the United States Island Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands 9 Summary, Conclusion, and Directions for Future Research

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Eduardo D. Faingold is professor of Spanish and linguistics at the University of Tulsa.


Language Rights and the Law in the United States is a great publication on languages issues in the US about legal point of view. Dr. Faingold analyses scientifically and in a very exhaustive way the hands-off and the hands-on, the explicit and implicit, the official and non-official, the native and no-native different language legislations in the US. It is a remarkable publication written by a linguist who thinks like a lawyer. -- Joseph-G. Turi, President and Secretary-General of the International Academy of Linguistic Law
The issues surrounding language rights, and the violations of language rights, have in recent years gained increasing attention in settings around the world. Language rights have also been the focus of considerable scholarly work by applied linguists and others interested in matters of language, language policy, language in education, and language planning. In the United States, the incredible complexity of questions of language rights has rarely been clearly recognized, let alone cogently analyzed. In Language Rights and the Law in the United States and its Territories, Eduardo Faingold provides an invaluable critical examination of the legal and constitutional issues surrounding language rights in the many contexts that exist in the United States: in the constitutions of the different states, in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in the historical experiences of the US Southwest, and in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. This volume provides a unique treatment of an important and timely topic, and will be of interest and value to a wide variety of readers, including not only linguists, but also those with backgrounds in such diverse disciplines as education, history, international relations, law, political science, and many other areas in the social sciences. -- Timothy Reagan, University of Maine
A painstakingly thorough review of cases illustrating the interplay between de facto and de jure policymaking in the United States and how these afford or deny minority speakers' language rights. Highly unique, this book accessibly navigates detailed study of history, linguistics, legislation, and litigation in praiseworthy pursuit of providing for policymakers, politicians, and other decision-makers specific guidance on how to leverage the law for the promotion of minority language rights. -- Sarah C. K. Moore, Center for Applied Linguistics
The book, the culmination of years of study of US language policies by a leading expert in language policy, provides a comprehensive overview of language policies, and policies bearing on language, in the United States and US territories. The book will serve as an important source of information for students of language policy and for policymakers everywhere. -- Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford

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