The U.S. has always been a linguistically diverse nation, but the overall climate usually discourages and sometimes outright discriminates against the use of non-English languages. The grandchildren of immigrants often don’t speak their grandparents’ language anymore, which squanders the wonderful resource of hundreds of non-English languages spoken in communities across the U.S. In addition, we don’t do a great job teaching foreign languages to monolingual English speakers. This talk explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies that favor promoting multilingualism among our population.
Dr. Kim Potowoski’s research focuses on Spanish in the U.S. and connections between language and ethnic identity.