Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Voices of New York

Found this on the Web: an NYU study of NYC's ethnicities.

In the Fall of 2001, the New York University Morse Academic Plan (MAP) course, The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities, undertook a project to hear the voices of real and imagined immigrant communities, and learn about the people behind them. The students of this class traveled throughout the city to seek out neighborhoods where thirty-four separate ethnic cultures were thought to be flourishing. There, they discovered the degree to which the distinct languages of groups (LOTE: Languages other than English) are being maintained or lost, and the implications for cultural distinctiveness or assimilation.

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