Alan Lytle, director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's intensive English language program, international admissions officer and a German and English-as-a-second language professor, said the number of languages spoken is unlikely to change even though fourth- and fifth-generation children of immigrants may no longer be fluent in their ancestors' languages.
Language and culture are interrelated, Lytle
said.Certain words and habits survive long after someone forgets his
ancestor's language, he
Also, the descendants of immigrants to New York City, southern Louisiana, southern Florida and San Francisco have maintained their identities within isolated pockets of the country.The Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese cultures and traditions still prevail in their respective areas, Lytle
"Culture is part of an identity, and people do not want to necessarily surrender to that," he