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anxiety
used in Do You Speak American?

9 uses
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Definition
nervousness or worry
  • We address the controversies and issues, anxieties and assumptions, some highly emotional, provoked by language today, and our findings will be news to many.
    Introduction (80% in)
  • As we put it in The Story of English, "People tend to fasten their anxieties about the changing world onto words.
    Introduction (56% in)
  • That anxiety is one motive for the movement behind U.S. English, the campaign to make English, by law, the official language of the nation, something it has never been.
    Introduction (93% in)
  • We examine the facts behind this anxiety: the rate at which Hispanic immigrants are assimilating into mainstream English compared with other immigrant groups in the past; the evidence that Spanish is a threat and the risks some see in playing on this fear.
    Introduction (94% in)
  • The anxiety was fed by xenophobia and anti-Semitism and culminated in the laws sharply reducing immigration after World War I. Harvard University became alarmed at the rising number of Jewish admissions (6 percent in 1908, but 22 percent by 1922) and moved to limit it.
    three — Toward a Standard: Putting the "R" in "American" (39% in)
  • Ironically, given today's linguistic anxieties, in the same editorial the Times suggested that, if a second language was needed at all, Spanish would be more useful for business.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (25% in)
  • Recently Hispanic immigration has raised new expressions of anxiety in that vein.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (61% in)
  • Anxieties/perils/visions like Huntington's are not new, but since 1981 they have been driving a national movement to make English the official language of the United States.
    five — Hispanic Immigration: Reconquest or Assimilation? (67% in)
  • Or this in a hotel in Egypt: "Patrons need have no anxiety about the water.
    eight — Teaching Computers to Speak American (70% in)

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