Should Spanish Be an Official Language of the US?

Bilingualism, language acquisition, official languages, and services to speakers of foreign languages have been areas of interest for us in the past. As the United States' percentage of non-English speakers grows, the amount of services available in Spanish and other languages increases accordingly. There are very interesting points of debate on either side of the aisle -- should the US cater to speakers of other languages or shouldn't it? If yes, what are the limitations? We are happy we are not in the difficult positions to draft public policy about this, as there is no easy answer. Through one of our mailing lists, the Interagency Language Roundtable, which we highly recommend, we came across this interesting article which addresses the issue: should the US adopt Spanish as an official language? While this article certainly provides no definite answers, it's very interesting food for thought. Read the article here.


4 comments:

Steven Capsuto said...

As far as I know, the U.S. has *no* official language. So the question of whether to make Spanish co-official seems moot.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on October 27, 2009 at 6:15 PM said...

Point well taken. Thanks for reading/commenting.

Álvaro Degives-Más on November 3, 2009 at 6:36 AM said...

New Mexico is the only state with two co-official languages.

Judy Jenner and Dagmar Jenner on November 6, 2009 at 12:34 PM said...

@ADM: Ah, we learned something! Thanks!

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