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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 13 (1996-1997). Copyright © Cody L. Knutson; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


English is not the official national language of the United States of America. However, this issue has often come to the forefront of many political debates, since language encompasses a wide array of political, economic and various other social implications. Acknowledging the right to the retention of local culture, a historical and cross-cultural study of language policy is interpreted to justify a limitation on the number of languages at the national political level if flexibility is maintained for individual states to adjust to the needs of their constituencies.

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