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Language Use in the U.S.

“A major tenet of anthropology is that language is the most important aspect of culture because it is the primary way that a culture is transmitted.” AIR/OMH/DHHS/2002

2000 Census Figures:

  • 44 million people in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home.
  • More than 300 languages are spoken in the U.S.
  • In 5 states, more than 10% of residents have limited English proficiency (LEP).
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