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The Politics of Language in Puerto Rico: Revisited

Amílcar Antonio Barreto


Should Spanish be Puerto Rico’s sole official language, or should English be a co-official language? Answers to this question are inseparable from matters of cultural pride, nationalism, and political motivations. The island’s government was declared officially bilingual soon after the Spanish-American War. Attempts to overturn the 1902 official languages law failed until 1991 when Governor Rafael Hernández-Colón signed a bill declaring Spanish the sole official language. This updated book explores the complex machinations involved in promoting competing language policies in Puerto Rico since ... More

Keywords: American identity, National identity, bilingual, federalism, language policy, language controversy, nationalism, Puerto Rican identity, Puerto Rican politics, Statehood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401131
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401131.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amílcar Antonio Barreto, author
Northeastern University