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Making English, the official language of America is an idea that has sparked off the interests of many people in the nation. However, the greatest question remains, should English be the law?
The main proponents of this thought argue that English should be made the official language of the nation. On the other hand, the opponents claim that English should not be the official language of the nation. This argumentative discussion will tend to agree with the idea that English should be made the official language.
The argument will be supported by a wealth of descriptive materials offering an insightful perspective on why it is necessary to make English the national language. There have been many problems, especially in the past leadership of the U.
Founding fathers of the nation saw a big challenge in governing the country without a common language. Having a common language was essential for political stability.
From this point of view, in Benjamin Franklin complained about the Germans who refused to learn English as a common language. To him, the failure to adhere to a common language would consequently lead to a shaky government.
There was an attempt by Theodore Roosevelt to make English the national language. He asserted that there was room for only one language in America Judd, His intentions were based on the concept of unity among all Americans for easy governance.
John Adams in attempted to make English the national language when he established an English language government sponsored academy. The oppositionists claimed that this was undemocratic and posed a threat to individual liberty.
The founding leaders of the nation, however, compromised their attempts as they held the use of the local languages as a right of the people David.
There was no need to have an official language, as there was no official religion. The House of Representatives attempted to solve the official language problem in August 1st, It approved a Bill that would make English the official language. Most voted in its favor. Making English the official language would play the pivotal role of uniting the people.
People will have a common thread in a nation characterized by multiple cultures. In addition, it will ensure that the immigrants coming to the U.
In this case, it will assist the nation to tap the external potential, which has a great role in improving the economy of the nation.
It will also reduce the cost of using multiple languages by the government in serving the people. For instance, the state will use a common language to give services to people.
There is also the need by companies or firms to make announcements to the public. This would be possible if there were a universal language among the American people.
On the other hand, the introduction of the English language in the nation would go a long way in undermining the existing diversity. From this point of view, language and culture in general are seen as a significant asset to a specific society and contributes greatly to their identity.
If English is used as a common language of all people, then the rich cultural diversity, which is an asset, will be lost Crawford.
Another contentious issue around the common language is that people should have the freedom to choose the kind of language they want to use in their communication. America was founded on diversity and freedom and this spirit ought not to be abandoned at all costs ibid.Transcript of Should English be the Law?
A shorter version of this article a.k.a Summary King compares and contrasts countries with and without National Language laws, like France to Sweden Sweden has four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh Should English be the Law?
Robert D. King By. From the article "Should English Be the Law" Robert D. King disputes the controversial issue of linguistics in the U.S.
Mr. King's views on immigration and nationality will be analyzed. In “Should English Be the Law?”, Robert King discusses the debate over if English should be made the official language of the United States by law.
This issue was brought up many times over and over, but never was passed. Robert D. King, in his work, Should English Be the Law?, also asserts the fact that if the immigrants did not learn the English language, then there would be difficulties in absorbing them in the mainstream American society (Robert).
Their communication with American citizens would also be jeopardized. Robert D. King’s “Should English Be the Law” article discusses the idea of languages as a political force, whether or not English should be the official language of America.
Robert D. King, in his work, Should English Be the Law?, also asserts the fact that if the immigrants did not learn the English language, then there would be difficulties in absorbing them in the mainstream American society (Robert).
Their communication with American citizens would also be jeopardized.