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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 52. What is the Future of Spanish in the United States?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38172


This chapter focuses on the latest linguistic projections of the US Census, and the implications of these projection for the future of U.S. Spanish. An update on the status of Spanish in U.S. institutions of learning is provided, which presents a mixed picture: enrollments are down overall, but there are more Spanish-language courses for bilingual Latinos (heritage speakers). Finally, the chapter discusses projections for Spanish as a world language and relate that to the future of Spanish in the U.S.

Chapter Contributors

  • Maria Carreira ( - mcarreira) 'California State University, Long Beach'