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Encyclopedia > Official language

An official language is a language that is given a special legal status in the countries, states, and other territories. It is typically the language used in a nation's legislative bodies, though the law in many nations requires that government documents be produced in other languages as well. Official status can also be used to give a language (often indigenous) legal status, even if that language is not widely spoken. For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see State (disambiguation). ... A legislatureis a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to ratify laws. ... The word indigenous is an adjective derived from the Latin word indigena, meaning native, belonging to, aboriginal; and has several applications: Indigenous peoples, communities and cultures native or indigenous to a territory; Indigenous (band), a Native American blues-rock band; In biology, indigenous means native to a place or biota...

An official language is not to be confused with a national language, although the national language may be official if given legal recognition by the government. A national language is a language (or language variant, i. ...

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Most of the population speaks French at Home but they speak German in their everyday lives. // See List of official languages by institution. ... This is a complete list of the official languages designated in the sovereign states of the world. ... // United Nations - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. ...

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Constitutional Topic: Official Language - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net (893 words)
Almost every session of Congress, an amendment to the Constitution is proposed in Congress to adopt English as the official language of the United States.
As the official language, the English language shall be used for all public acts including every order, resolution, vote, or election, and for all records and judicial proceedings of the Government of the United States and the governments of the several States.
Also introduced in the 107th Congress was this text from H.R. The Government of the United States shall preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the United States of America.
Official language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (486 words)
Officially recognized minority languages are often mistaken for official languages.
However, a language officially recognized by a state, taught in schools, and used in official communication is not necessarily an official language.
Official languages are sometimes not the same as the medium of instruction and so, the two are not interchangeable.
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