Sociolinguistic Characteristics of the Population of the United States

  • Jacob S. Siegel


Any study of linguistic demography must devote considerable attention to immigration. Typically immigrants are the bearers of languages different from the language(s) of the host country, and if a country is either an important recipient or discharger of immigrants, the movement of migrants modifies the language compositions of the host and the home countries, raises questions of national identity, linguistic diversity, and acculturation/integration for the host country, and poses questions regarding the impact of the immigration on the various social, economic, and political institutions of the host country. For some countries immigration is the leading factor influencing changes in the composition and the structure of their national language. This chapter is concerned with the historical trends in immigration to the United States and the effect of such immigration on the linguistic composition of its population.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob S. Siegel
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  1. 1.North BethesdaUSA

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