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A Structural Equation Model of Support for English-only Policies and Social Limitation of Immigrants and Minorities
Unformatted Document Text:  Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 2 A Structural Equation Model of Support for English-only Policies and Social Limitation of Immigrants and Minorities Abstract The growth in language minorities in the U.S. is matched by an increase in language policies encapsulated by the English-only movement and support for policies controlling immigration and health/welfare services to immigrants. A reanalysis of data obtained from a telephone survey in Santa Barbara, California (n = 389), investigated if support for English-only policies among Anglo-Americans is related to perceptions about a decreasing gap between Anglo-American group vitality and that of Latino group vitality (i.e., relative vitality). The influence of Spanish mass media and level of language group identity is also assessed. A structural equation model summarizing the relationships between these factors is proposed. The final SEM indicates that English- only policies are one form of social limitation. Support for English-only policies is positively related to level of language group identity and negatively related to Spanish mass media. Support for social limitation among Anglo-Americans is negatively related to relative vitality. Word Count: 149

Authors: Barker, Valerie. and Giles, Howard.
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Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 2
A Structural Equation Model of Support for English-only Policies and Social Limitation of
Immigrants and Minorities
Abstract
The growth in language minorities in the U.S. is matched by an increase in
language policies encapsulated by the English-only movement and support for policies
controlling immigration and health/welfare services to immigrants. A reanalysis of data
obtained from a telephone survey in Santa Barbara, California (n = 389), investigated if
support for English-only policies among Anglo-Americans is related to perceptions
about a decreasing gap between Anglo-American group vitality and that of Latino group
vitality (i.e., relative vitality). The influence of Spanish mass media and level of
language group identity is also assessed. A structural equation model summarizing the
relationships between these factors is proposed. The final SEM indicates that English-
only policies are one form of social limitation. Support for English-only policies is
positively related to level of language group identity and negatively related to Spanish
mass media. Support for social limitation among Anglo-Americans is negatively related
to relative vitality.
Word Count: 149


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