English as official language?

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  1. Chimene

    Chimene New Member

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    Hello,

    For my work in sociolinguistics I need your participation. As American citizens (or foreign residents), your opinion on US linguistic diversity will be essential.

    It will only take you a few minutes to answer the following questions.

    1/ How old are you?
    2/ Where do you live (State)?
    3/ Are you an American citizen?
    4/ What is your ethnicity?
    5/ Do you think it is an asset to speak another language besides English?
    6/ Do you speak another language besides English? If your answer is yes, could you name it, please?
    7/ According to English-only movements, English should become US official language in order to guarantee the country's unity. Do you agree with this argument?

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. oldjar07

    oldjar07 Active Member

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    2. Nebraska
    3. Yes
    4. Caucasian
    5. No
    6. No
    7. Yes.
     
  3. Albert Di Salvo

    Albert Di Salvo New Member

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    1/ Old enough to know better.

    2/ California

    3/ Yes.

    4/ Alsatian/Celtic

    5/ Yes.

    6/ French, Spanglish and Chinglish. Cantonese sorta.

    7/ Yes. English binds us together as a people. It's one of the few things holding us together.
     
  4. BleedingHeadKen

    BleedingHeadKen Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    42. American. Yes. White. Yes. Yes-German, Hungarian, Spanish. No.
     
  5. davis.awesome

    davis.awesome New Member

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    Do you think it's a very good idea to collect data on an anonymous web forum where people are quite likely going to BS you? You should be skeptical of whater results you get from this.

    I hope this isn't for a class.
     
  6. Ethereal

    Ethereal Well-Known Member

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    1. 26.
    2. Illinois.
    3. Yes.
    4. Celtic-German (white).
    5. Yes.
    6. Yes (only partially). Spanish.
    7. No.
     
  7. PeteZilla

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    2/ California
    3/ Yes
    4/ Hispanic
    5/ Depends where you live, but generally yes
    6/ Spanish
    7/ No, language changes over time. try talking English to an American from the 1800's...good luck trying to converse
     
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    1/ Old enough to vote and then some.
    2/ Tennessee
    3/ Yes
    4/ German/Irish/Native American/British/French
    5/ Yes
    6/ Spanish, some Italian, and a little Portuguese.
    7/ Yes.
     
  9. Illyrian Princess

    Illyrian Princess Banned

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    1/ How old are you? I am 27.
    2/ Where do you live (State)? I live in Pennsylvania.
    3/ Are you an American citizen? Yes
    4/ What is your ethnicity? Albanian American
    5/ Do you think it is an asset to speak another language besides English? Yes
    6/ Do you speak another language besides English? If your answer is yes, could you name it, please? Yes, Albanian, Some Croatian and some Spanish
    7/ According to English-only movements, English should become US official language in order to guarantee the country's unity. Do you agree with this argument? Yes
     
  10. Viktyr Korimir

    Viktyr Korimir New Member

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    1.) Thirty.
    2.) Wyoming.
    3.) Yes.
    4.) Mixed.
    5.) Yes.
    6.) No.
    7.) Yes.
     
  11. devilsadvocate

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    2. (Commonwealth) Virginia
    3. Yes
    4. Hispanic
    5. Yes
    6. nope
    7. It practically already is. I have never seen the constitution in espanol, everything official is in english, and most likely will continue to do so. Most states already have english as their official language
     
  12. pegasuss

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    English is your official language. You just pervert it from the true version I'm afraid. The latest tendency I notice is to copt the Afro American style of talking, even including the body actions. The slave teaches the master, what karma that is.
     
  13. rEdNeCkVeTiNcAl

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    For my work in sociolinguistics I need your participation. As American citizens (or foreign residents), your opinion on US linguistic diversity will be essential.

    It will only take you a few minutes to answer the following questions.

    1/ How old are you? FIFTY-NINE
    2/ Where do you live (State)?CALIFORNIA
    3/ Are you an American citizen?BORN HERE, YES
    4/ What is your ethnicity?CAUCASIAN
    5/ Do you think it is an asset to speak another language besides English?YES
    6/ Do you speak another language besides English? If your answer is yes, could you name it, please? NO
    7/ According to English-only movements, English should become US official language in order to guarantee the country's unity. Do you agree with this argument?
    I THINK A LOT OF BAD BAGGAGE GOES DOWN WHEN HISPANICS, IN PARTICULAR, SPEAK SPANISH RATHER THAN ENGLISH IN PUBLIC AND TO THEIR CHILDREN. . ..they have a right to do so but it alienates them from current citizens and exacerbates the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION issue

    Thanks very much.
     
  14. EddyIsHere

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    2. California
    3. No
    4. White/Native Indian (Hispanic)
    5. Yes
    6. Yes, Spanish
    7. It should. Less people would be bilingual and I will take their jobs :D.
     
  15. feeblepizza

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    1. 13
    2. Indiana
    3. Yes
    4. European/Native-American
    5. Yes
    6. No
    7. Yes
     
  16. tomteapack

    tomteapack New Member Past Donor

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    I added my answers to the quote above.
     
  17. PatrickT

    PatrickT Well-Known Member

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    1. I am 70-years old.
    2. I currently live in Oaxaca, Mexico.
    3. I am an American citizen. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
    4. I'm an American. My name is Patrick Kelly. Guess which European country sent my ancestors to the U.S.
    5. Yes, it is an asset to speak more than one language. It's also an asset to be able to read, write, and do basic math.
    6. I have spoken Russian but not in 40 years. I speak Spanish but I'm not fluent.
    7. I do not believe mandating English as the legal language will make any difference. New immigrants who are older usually never become fluent in a new language. That's my situation in Mexico. I get by but no more. The next generation of immigrants is usually bilingual speak the old language at home with their parents and learning English quite naturally with other kids and in school.

    What is threatening out unity is, in my opinion, our loss of any sense of courtesy. We've become a nation of rude, self-centered people.
     
  18. Brewskier

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    This sums it up

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  19. fmw

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    2. Indiana
    3. Yes
    4. Caucasian
    5. Yes
    6. Yes, Spanish
    7. Yes
     
  20. perdidochas

    perdidochas Well-Known Member

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    2. Florida
    3. Yes
    4. White
    5. Yes
    6. Understand German, can't speak it.
    7. No. English is our language. It would be a waste of time and money to make it our official language.
     
  21. jmpet

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    Forget your OP and forget your "survey". America shouls have English as the official language because the million laws we have on the books are all written in English.

    Think of a situation where someone is on death row and his life hangs on the interpretation of an English word. We need English for that sole reason.

    Should we go ahead and put it to paper? That is up for discussion, but if you're here, you should speak the language of the Constitution.
     
  22. Alucard

    Alucard New Member Past Donor

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    I will opine that it would be cohesive for English to be the official language of the United States.
     

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