Argument: Imposing official language often undermines national unity

Issue Report: English as US official language


Linguistic Society of America Resolution on English Only. July 1, 1987: “History shows that a common language cannot be imposed by force of law, and that attempts to do so usually create divisiveness and disunity. This has been the effect, for example, of the efforts of the English to impose the English language in Ireland, of Soviet efforts to impose the Russian language on non-Russian nationalities, and of Franco’s efforts to impose Spanish on the Basques and Catalans.”