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Master of Arts in English Composition
Vickers, Caroline H.
Smith, Wendy B.
Carlson, David J.
This thesis aims to investigate the issues surrounding California's Proposition 227, an important language policy passed in June of 1998 which drastically limited bilingual education. This proposition requires that all public school systems be in English only. Using a method known as Critical Discourse Analysis, this study exposes the underlying bias embedded in the discourse of newspaper articles from: the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and the Sacramento Bee. After analyzing articles from these newspapers various themes emerged which indicated that each newspaper adhered to either assimilationists' position which is conservative, or a pluralist position which is backed by liberals.
Gomez, Steven, "A critical discourse analysis of language policy in California" (2012). Theses Digitization Project. 4141.