1 August, 2014
A Law That Divides And Demeans
With more than 318 million population (Census), the United States remains as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Its languages and cultures range from English to Portuguese and from Hispanic to Asian. This in effect, has generated controversy among government officials on whether or not to elect English as the official language. In fact, Professor Warren J. Blumenfeld wrote an article for The Huffington Post in which he casually argues against the idea of adopting English as the official language for the United States. According to Blumenfeld, this would not only create a barrier to the millions of immigrants in this country, but it would dismantle the foundation of this nation a nation of immigrants. The article, “'English Only' Laws Divide and Demean" appeals to pathos by utilizing an informal tone to argue the proposal of establishing English as the official language, while targeting a liberal and multicultural audience in persuasion to sign a petition to repeal Iowa’s Englishonly law.
The topic of individualism regarding a language is introduced by a riddle between professor Blumenfeld and Charles, one of his cousins who fluently masters seven languages. Someone as notable and astute
brings into topic a riddle that emphasises the concerning issue of which, according to Charles, entails the limits the U.S. government puts into its citizens by emphasizing that English is the only important language. The riddle questions the social title of people who speak several languages. For example, when a person speaks three languages, he or she is referred to as trilingual. When ...
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