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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 22 influenced by their subjective perceptions of each other’s relative vitality and presence in the linguistic landscape. Our research looked at the influence of Spanish in the linguistic landscape and with regard to Anglo-Americans’ perceptions of outgroup vitality. Clearly, we need to include in the empirical frame Hispanic populations and other ethnic groups incorporating them into suggestions that follow. Ethnographic research in organizational and institutional settings could be devised to reveal the ways that people from differing language groups communicate about and function in English-only environments. Discursive (and other) analyses of representations of English-only and related issues in the media could be conducted to garner more evidence about how such media messages are framed and discussed as well as determine ways in which the media influences groups' perceptions of subjective vitality. Moves to restrict the linguistic (and other) rights of minority groups are ubiquitous in countries other than the U.S. Gallois (2001, p. 2) recently commented that “there are analogous movements in the United Kingdom and in some other European countries, and Asia is not immune from ethnolinguistic prejudice either. These political movements show how sensitive majority groups can be, and how powerfully they can react, to perceived increases in the vitality of ethnic minorities”. Because the relationship between restriction of linguistic rights and other forms of limitation are underscored here, these findings have relevance for all countries and contexts where such limitations take place. The role of subjective perceptions about changing group vitality, linguistic landscape, and the concomitant relationships to group identity all appear to be part of the equation when it comes to intolerance and language restriction.

Authors: Barker, Valerie. and Giles, Howard.
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Social Limitation Structural Equation Model 22
influenced by their subjective perceptions of each other’s relative vitality and presence
in the linguistic landscape.
Our research looked at the influence of Spanish in the linguistic landscape and
with regard to Anglo-Americans’ perceptions of outgroup vitality. Clearly, we need to
include in the empirical frame Hispanic populations and other ethnic groups
incorporating them into suggestions that follow. Ethnographic research in
organizational and institutional settings could be devised to reveal the ways that people
from differing language groups communicate about and function in English-only
environments. Discursive (and other) analyses of representations of English-only and
related issues in the media could be conducted to garner more evidence about how
such media messages are framed and discussed as well as determine ways in which
the media influences groups' perceptions of subjective vitality.
Moves to restrict the linguistic (and other) rights of minority groups are ubiquitous
in countries other than the U.S. Gallois (2001, p. 2) recently commented that “there are
analogous movements in the United Kingdom and in some other European countries,
and Asia is not immune from ethnolinguistic prejudice either. These political
movements show how sensitive majority groups can be, and how powerfully they can
react, to perceived increases in the vitality of ethnic minorities”. Because the
relationship between restriction of linguistic rights and other forms of limitation are
underscored here, these findings have relevance for all countries and contexts where
such limitations take place. The role of subjective perceptions about changing group
vitality, linguistic landscape, and the concomitant relationships to group identity all
appear to be part of the equation when it comes to intolerance and language restriction.


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