Sunday, August 18, 2013

One In Five Americans Speak Language Other Than English At Home

(Reuters) Some 60.6 million people, or nearly one in five people in the United States aged 5 or older, spoke a language other than English at home in 2011, according to the report. That is up from 23 million in 1980, or almost one in 11.


Over the three decades, the number of people speaking a language other than English at home rose 158 percent, far faster than the overall U.S. population, which grew 38 percent.

Linguistics expert Peter Sayer said the findings highlight increasing "multilingualism" in the United States as a growing number of people speak at least one other language besides English.

"Spanish is the main language, but there's an increasing amount of linguistic diversity," said Sayer, a professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio's Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.

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