mother tongue

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Mother Tongue Not all people who speak the English language speak it the same way. A language can be subdivided into any number of dialects which each vary in some way from the parent English language. “Mother Tongue,” an article based on the power of language; without standard language skills, one is identified as an outsider, often wrongly perceived and unfairly discriminated against. In the article, Amy Tan describes her observation and thoughts about the use of the English language and the perceptions and prejudices of others regarding other languages. Amy describes the pain and shame she felt observing the negative reaction her mother received from others. Her mother received negative reaction in such places like department stores, banks, and restaurants. People did not take her seriously, they did not Continue...

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give her good service, moreover, they pretend not to understand her, and even acted as if they did not hear her at times. It may be a matter of word choice or tone of voice or slang or content or purpose, but each is a different part of the world and myself. "My mother's English is perfectly clear ... It's my mother tongue. Even if we are not multilingual, do we not all have a different mother tongue taught to us as children which has unconsciously shaped the way we see ourselves and the world And do we not all speak our own different version of the English language, calling upon them as the occasion and audience direct Certainly, the language I call upon in talking to my professors differs from the language that I use with my colleagues, which is different from the language I speak with my friends or family. Language can be the glue that binds individuals into a community; it can also be a double-edged sword that bears the power to alienate an individual from a community. It is the responsibility of everyone in the society to appreciate the different dialect and accents surrounded that community and learn something new. Language can be characterized as many things such as the arrangement of words in a particular order uttered in a certain way, a particular instrument that evokes images and emotion (Webster dictionary). Tan believes her mother's "English is rich and interesting regardless, of it being entangle with the passion and directness that characterized her mother's character. But language is simply the expression of a person and the ability to share that expression with others. Tan views the "English that is characterized as broken and inferior as special, intimate and the insight expression of how her mother view the world even though at times she is embarrassed by the way her mother speaks English. Tan in such disrespectful manner was because she spoke a non-native variation of English, derogatorily, referred to as "broken English. (Green) The reason they treated Mrs. Tan highlight the importance of language; to be without language is to be voiceless, and to be voiceless is to silence in one's community. All these examples are a description of the purpose and function of a language.


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