Assimilation via Liberal Individualism: Law and Language Policy in the USA

Ronald Schmidt


This essay describes and analyzes the legal regime of the United States in relation to language diversity. The article argues that the U.S. case in language law indicates that, under certain conditions, a liberal individualistic legal regime – marked by equal “freedom of choice” in respect to language use – can nevertheless serve as an agency of linguistic assimilation in a multilingual country.

Cite as: Schmidt, JLL 1 (2012), 106–118, DOI: 10.14762/jll.2012.106

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