USA AS A UNIQUE MODEL OF A FLEXIBLE AND LIBERAL LANGUAGE POLICY IN THE WORLD

Florim Ajdini

Abstract


Having  a  closer  look  as  to  how  languages  are  used  in  the  United  States,  it  does  give  you  a  clear glimpse that does not match many other countries in the world. The USA does not have an official national language policy, a perfect example proving that languages are to be used in both official and unofficial ways, exclusively according to the demographic picture of its citizens and the regions they  dwell.  In  the  USA,  language  policies,  implicit  or  explicit,  are  used  to  influence  and  control  social behavior and communication, and the U.S. is a good example to this. This paper aims to make a comparison between the case of Macedonia and the USA, seen from the legal perspective. If the USA does not prohibit states  from  having  one  or  another  official  language,  in  Macedonia,  it  is  the  Constitution  which  does  not clearly state the use of Albanian as an official language, equivalent to the Macedonian.  Furthermore, the majority of the U.S. states have designed English their official language; on the other hand, in New Mexico the  Common  Wealth  of  Puerto  Rico  and  Hawaii  there  have  designated  both  English  and  Spanish  as  co- official languages. Then why Macedonia can’t do the same with designing Albanian as an official language as well?  Should the current government as well as the one to come after the elections in December, profit from this approach, helping them solve the problem for good? If so, the Language Policy model in the USA can be a good example for the case, tracing the path of stable future for this tiny and politically troubled state of Macedonia, and getting it stabilized and firm on its way towards the European Integrations and NATO.     

Key words:  Language, policy, flexible, constitution, practical use, solution 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/ijllis.v7i0.1864

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/ijllis.v7i0.1864.g2290

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