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Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan

- Despite growing up amidst a language deemed as “broken” and “fractured”, Amy Tan’s love for language allowed her to embrace the variations of English that surrounded her. In her short essay “Mother Tongue”, Tan discusses the internal conflict she had with the English learned from her mother to that of the English in her education. Sharing her experiences as an adolescent posing to be her mother for respect, Tan develops a frustration at the difficulty of not being taken seriously due to one’s inability to speak the way society expects....   [tags: Mother Tongue Essays]

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Amy Tan's Story Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Story Mother Tongue A good portion of Americans today speak English as their first language. However, what makes us different is that it is rare to find two people that speak the exact same English. This is the argument Amy Tan makes in her story “Mother Tongue”. A first-generation Asian American, Tan emigrated from China to Oakland, California, where she became a famous writer. She shares her personal story of the English she speaks, and how much the people you are around can change the way you converse....   [tags: Amy Tan Mother Tongue]

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Amy Tan's Mother Tongue and Jimmy Santiago Baca's Coming Into Language

- Amy Tan's Mother Tongue and Jimmy Santiago Baca's Coming Into Language In the course of reading two separate texts it is generally possible to connect the two readings even if they do not necessarily seem to be trying to convey the same message. The two articles, “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan, and “Coming Into Language” by Jimmy Santiago Baca, do have some very notable similarities. They are two articles from a section in a compilation about the construction of language. The fact that these two articles were put into this section makes it obvious that they will have some sort of connection....   [tags: Tan Baca Mother Tongue Language Essays]

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Amy Tan’s A Mother’s Tongue

- Amy Tan’s A Mother’s Tongue The purpose of Amy Tan’s essay, “Mother Tongue,” is to show how challenging it can be if an individual is raised by a parent who speaks “limited English” (36) as Tan’s mother does, partially because it can result in people being judged poorly by others. As Tan’s primary care giver, her mother was a significant part of her childhood, and she has a strong influence over Tan’s writing style. Being raised by her mother taught her that one’s perception of the world is heavily based upon the language spoken at home....   [tags: Amy Tan A Mother’s Tongue]

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The Mother Tongue by Demetria Martinez

- Demetria Martínez’s Mother Tongue is divided into five sections and an epilogue. The first three parts of the text present Mary/ María’s, the narrator, recollection of the time when she was nineteen and met José Luis, a refuge from El Salvador, for the first time. The forth and fifth parts, chronologically, go back to her tragic experience when she was seven years old and then her trip to El Salvador with her son, the fruit of her romance with José Luis, twenty years after she met José Luis. And finally the epilogue consists a letter from José Luis to Mary/ María after her trip to El Salvador....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Mother Tongue, By Bill Bryson

- The author, Bill Bryson, briefly introduces and describes the history of English. In this book, The Mother Tongue, Bryson uses an interesting way and scholarly manner to guide readers through the various linguistic and social movements in the English language, the center of the world language as well as the export of manufactured goods. He gives different kinds of instances by comparing with various languages to present how the language merged together of interacting. After a short introduction, Bryson gives puzzles to hook readers’ curiosity, why and how the words form, and where does language come from at the beginning....   [tags: Dialect, English language, Language, Linguistics]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- In her narrative Mother Tongue, Amy Tan speaks of how the English language has shaped her life, drawing from personal experiences in her early life, to her daily use of English in the present. Tan begins her narrative by identifying her own “mother tongue”, which is simply the broken English her mother uses and has been accustomed to. Tan says that due to her mother’s broken English some are unable to understand her, thereby limiting Tan’s mother to function properly in our English speaking society....   [tags: English language, United Kingdom]

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Mother Tongue By Gloria Anzaldua

- Growing up people would ask me where I was from, I would answer Queens. There was never a doubt in my mind that this is where I am from since this is where I was born. People would often tell me that I’m not from Queens since my parents are immigrants. I’ve always felt that I’ve had to fight to say where I’m from. These constant battles came from family members, friends, and strangers. It always had questioning my language and personal identity. My family members would say I’m Mexican but I don’t share the culture, language, nor experiences....   [tags: Spanish language, Dialect, Mexico]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Life is tough when one doesn’t speak the native language or is new to a country. “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan is a personal essay written in the first person point of view that tells the audience a story of a non-English speaker. Tan shares her story of how difficult it is for her mother to communicate with others. The presumption that people treat one another differently and with disrespect when one does not speak English is categorical truth. Tan’s purpose is to share her story and give the audiences the message of how tough life can be for non-English speakers because they have to work hard to achieve success; therefore, non-English speaker deserves the same respect as other people....   [tags: English language, Second language, French language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Amy Tan is the writer of the article Mother Tongue”. She is the author of different novels including children books, essays, and memoir. Tans work has appeared in McCall’s, Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and other magazines. Her novel she is recognized the most for is The Joy Luck Club ( 1989). Amy Tan states that she is not a Scholar of English but a writer. Amy focuses on her mother much throughout this essay because she has learned through the experiences of her mother that people can be cruel to people they see as less off than what they are....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

- English is an invisible gate. Immigrants are the outsiders. And native speakers are the gatekeepers. Whether the gate is wide open to welcome the broken English speakers depends on their perceptions. Sadly, most of the times, the gate is shut tight, like the case of Tan’s mother as she discusses in her essay, "the mother tongue." People treat her mother with attitudes because of her improper English before they get to know her. Tan sympathizes for her mother as well as other immigrants. Tan, once embarrassed by her mother, now begins her writing journal through a brand-new kaleidoscope....   [tags: broken english, native english speakers]

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

- Identity and Culture Amy Tan’s ,“Mother Tongue” and Maxine Kingston’s essay, “No Name Woman” represent a balance in cultures when obtaining an identity in American culture.  As first generation Chinese-Americans both Tan and Kingston faced many obstacles. Obstacles in language and appearance while balancing two cultures. Overcoming these obstacles that were faced and preserving heritage both women gained an identity as a successful American. In the work of Amy Tan’s “Mother’s Tongue” she provides a look into how she adapted her language to assimilate into American culture....   [tags: identity, culture, women]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Mother Tongue by Amy Tan America is a melting pot; it is filled with people with different backgrounds. Many people settled here in America as an immigrant to have more opportunities to start a better life. Many people came here with nothing but their cultures, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors which they shared amongst others in society. In society, starting with the earlier generation there was shared culture of classes, although everyone portrays immigrants as the lowest class. They are always disliked particularly for coming here as an immigrant, even though most people have very similar backgrounds whether they want to admit it or not....   [tags: Communication, Need, Want, English language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Mother Tongue by Amy Tan America is much diversified; it is filled with people with different backgrounds. Many people settled here in America as an immigrant to have more opportunities to start a better life. Many people came here with nothing but their cultures, knowledge, beliefs and behaviors which they shared amongst others in society. In society, starting with the earlier generation there was shared culture of classes, although everyone portrays immigrants as the lowest class. They are always disliked particularly for coming here as an immigrant, even though most people have very similar backgrounds, whether they want to admit it or not....   [tags: Communication, Need, Want, English language]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- ‘Mother Tongue’ is a short story written by Amy Tan for American literary magazine, The Threepenny Review (Shea, n.d.). This text raises ideas around the way we speak or use language throughout our daily lives, and what truly counts as ‘proper’ English. When first viewing this text, we can see that it appears to be a story or article written specifically for a collective-style book or magazine. Key style points that prove this are the author’s name located underneath the title of the piece above the beginning of the story, and also her name and the title placed in the right upper corners of the pages....   [tags: English language, Language, Dialect]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- In the story "Mother Tongue" the author Amy Tan talks about the "languages" that she uses to communicate with her mother and also to the people. Tan is adore by the language and she said that she loves language and she enjoys it. "I am someone who always loved language, I am fascinated by language in daily life" (Tan, 358). In the story Tan talks about her mother 's English which she calls "broken". Her mother is Chinese immigrant who doesn 't speak English very well. That was one reason when Tan was young she used to make a phone calls for her mother to avoid misunderstanding and solve some problems....   [tags: Second language, English language, Lingua franca]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- The article Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan is a personal look into how language, and the dialects of that language, can affect a person 's life. It 's a look into how the people inside the cultural circles who use dialect derivatives of a major language are treated by people who exist outside of those cultural circles. It shows us how society treats a person using a "broken" or "limited" dialect, and how society 's treatment of these people can also affect the children who grow up using these "broken" dialects....   [tags: Language, Dialect, English language]

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Mother Tongue Interlanguage

- It is an obvious notion that millions of people around the world can speak more than one language than their native tongue language. While some speakers are able to achieve a proficient fluency in their second target language (L2), others cannot do so. In more recent years, researcher’s level of interest has dramatically increased into why language learners have a problem being fluent in their second target language. They have suggested that there is a process in which one language can be interfere in a certain way that can affect the second language being learned....   [tags: second language acquisition]

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Se Habla Espanol, And Mother Tongue

- “Se Habla Español,” is written by a Latin author, Tanya Barrientos; and Amy Tan, a Chinese author, wrote “Mother Tongue”. In both literate narratives the authors write about their experiences with language and how it impacted their lives. In This essay we will be discussing the similarities as well as the differences in the stories and the authors of “Se Habla Español” and “Mother Tongue”. We will discuss how both authors use a play on words in their titles, how language has impacted their lives, how struggling with language has made them feel emotionally, and how both authors dealt with these issues....   [tags: Spanish language, English language]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” was a short exploration of the variety of English’s between her mother and the public. Tan is a Chinese American novelist, who writes about the difficulties she experienced. She opens up her text with a brief explanation on how she is not the best at English and how she uses more than one. She tells a brief story of the time she, her husband, and her mother were out looking at furniture. When speaking to her mother and sometimes her husband, Tan used a different spoken English....   [tags: United States, English language, Second language]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- If you are not fluent in a language, you probably don 't give much thought to your ability to make your personality attractive, to be in touch with the people and be understood in your world, that doesn’t mean you are an underestimated person. Every person has something special to make them more unique, remarkable, and gorgeous between people. The opinions could lead towards success, or those opinions could be one that is losing, and have a negative impact on how people connect with you....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- In the essay “Mother Tongue” Amy Tan, the author, gives a different, a more upbeat outlook on the various forms of English that immigrants speak as they adapt to the American culture. Using simple language to develop her argument, she casually communicates to the audience rather than informing which helps the audience understand what is being presented at ease. Her mother plays an important role in her outlook of language, because she helps her realize that language not only allows one to be a part of a culture but create one’s identity in society....   [tags: English language, Commonwealth of Nations]

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Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Mother Tongue The Essay written by Amy Tan titled 'Mother Tongue' concludes with her saying, 'I knew I had succeeded where I counted when my mother finished my book and gave her understandable verdict' (39). The essay focuses on the prejudices of Amy and her mother. All her life, Amy's mother has been looked down upon due to the fact that she did not speak proper English. Amy defends her mother's 'Broken' English by the fact that she is Chinese and that the 'Simple' English spoken in her family 'Has become a language of intimacy, a different sort of English that relates to family talk' (36)....   [tags: English Language Amy Tan Mother Essays]

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Spicy Tongues: Mother Tongue by Amy Tan

- “I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life.” Amy Tan, an Asian-American writer of the article Mother Tongue loves the different “Englishes” that can be spoken. In the article, she shares her personal feelings of when she was younger; her embarrassment of her mother’s English and even her own struggle with the language. Amy Tan effectively writes Mother Tongue through the use of diction to show the tone, portray amazing syntax, and express the vivid imagery....   [tags: language, imagery, learning]

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English as a Second Language in Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

- Language is like a blooming flower in adversity – they are the most rare and beautiful of them all as it struggles to express itself. It blooms and flourishes in strength, awe, and passion as the riches of thought is imbibed from the seed and into a finished beauty. For others, a non-native person speaking in a language that they are not familiar with sprouts out like a weed – the way its thorns can puncture sympathy and comprehensibility. Amy Tan, however, addresses the nature of talk as being unique under its own conditions....   [tags: literature, reader, speaker]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Mother Tongue ' By Amy Tan

- In America do we have to speak English to be American. Does not speaking English make you uneducated. Even though people categorize others based solely from the way they speak, your language does not necessarily define who you are as a person. You have to learn to embrace your language and your ethnicity. In both of these essays, "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan and "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua, we learn that without our native language we would have a hard time embracing our ethnicity....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Analysis Of The Article ' Mother Tongue ' By Paul Roberts

- Jasmine Garza Dr. Nubla English 097 12 May 2016 There are two forms of languages; public and private. The "private" language only spoken with family and close intimate relationships. The "public" language used in society, work, and school. Both of these help form two identities, that help us connect and communicate with one another. In the essay “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan and also in the article “Speech Communities” by Paul Roberts ,we will see how both private and public language demonstrate how we view, and grow from each language....   [tags: English language, Second language, French language]

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Analysis Of The Poem ' Mother Tongue ' By Amy Tan

- Shaina Lolin Professor Syndee Wood English 100 29 October 2014 Analysis: “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan The essay “Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan delivers a remarkable point about linguistic discrimination without specifically showing anger. It’s a story about Tan and her mother, and the language they share together, which is an imperfect variation of English. Tan establishes that language is her tool for being a writer. She loves the power of language, and she uses all the languages she’s familiar with in her writing....   [tags: English language, Second language]

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Telugu Speakers of English and the Influence of Mother Tongue on Their Comprehensibility

- English in India is taught and learned as a second language. The significance of the ability to speak or write English has notably increased in the 20th century. English has become the de facto standard in India not because it has been approved by any ‘standards’ organization but because it is extensively used by many information and technology industries which are acknowledged as being standard. All learners make errors in the process of learning English. It is inevitable that they make mistakes, however, the question here is, ‘Why do learners continue to make the same mistake even when such mistakes have been repetitively pointed out to them’....   [tags: ESL, education, errors]

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Summary Of Bill Bryson 's ' The Mother Tongue '

- Summary and Critique: The Mother Tongue- English & How It Got That Way The author, Bill Bryson, briefly introduces and describes the history of English. In this book, The Mother Tongue, Bryson uses an interesting way and scholarly manner to guide readers through the various linguistic and social movements in the English language, the center of the world language as well as the export of manufactured goods. He gives different kinds of instances by comparing with various languages to present how the language merged together of interacting....   [tags: Dialect, English language, Language, Linguistics]

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Mother Tongue by Amy Tan and Sacha Z

- The essays Mother Tongue by Amy Tan and Sacha Z. Scoblic’s Rock Star, Meet TeeTotaler are both stories of personal experience. The essays are written in an informal style, yet sophisticated phrasing, as well as confident writing in order to bring out sympathy and understanding from the readers. Both essays are narrated through both author’s own thoughts and feelings throughout their stories, as both become open and personal. The following paragraphs will compare and contrast how both essays have similar themes about overcoming obstacles in life, yet Sacha’s essay is more about the need to fit into society without changing oneself, while Amy’s is disproving assumptions society places on langu...   [tags: english, language, obstacles]

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The Process of Acquiring a Mother Tongue and a Second Language

- Having in mind that this investigation is going to be carried out with a group of first graders aged between six and seven years old, and that they are in the stage of life in which learners are in the process of acquiring their mother tongue (L1) and a second language (L2) as well; this theory will allow to identify the characteristics of a learner in this stage of the acquisition process. As it is stated in Saville-Troike (2006, p. 2) “The scope of SLA includes informal L2 learning that takes place in naturalistic contexts, formal L2 learning that takes place in classrooms and L2 learning that involves a mixture of these settings and circumstances”....   [tags: learners, knowledge, theory]

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Amy Tan's Mother Tongue

- Amy Tan's Mother Tongue In Mother Tongue, Amy Tan talks about how language influenced her life while growing up. Through pathos she explains to her audience how her experiences with her mother and the Chinese language she came to realize who she wanted to be and how she wanted to write. The author, Tan, has written the books The Joy Luck Club, and The Kitchen God's Wife. She is Asian-American, her parents are originally from China, but moved to Oakland, California. The audience in Tan's essay is people 20-35 years old who are culturally diverse....   [tags: Amy Tan Writing Chinese Essays]

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Multiculturalism in Mother Tongue, Memorial Day and Multiculturalism, and College Writing

- Multiculturalism in Mother Tongue, Memorial Day and Multiculturalism, and College Writing       As an American it is very important to understand the different concepts of assimilation and multiculturalism. It is these terms that differ one person from everybody else in some kind of way. Multiculturalism is a term that is just what it sounds like. It is including several cultures. According to the American Heritage dictionary, multiculturalism is " a social or educational theory or program that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only one mainstream culture....   [tags: Tongue Memorial Writing]

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Mother Tongue

- There are many bilingual and multicultural people in the world today. For many, the choices of which language they use, and how they use it, correspond to what social or cultural community they belong to. Amy Tan, a Chinese American novelist, portrays this well in her short essay "Mother Tongue." Tan grew up in two vastly different worlds, using different "Englishes." The first world, which consists of her close family, she speaks what we may call "broken" or "limited" English. The second world, which is her business and professional world, Tan speaks and writes perfect standard and academic English....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Invisible Woman By Bharati Mukherjee And Mother Tongue By Amy Tan

- Both An Invisible Woman by Bharati Mukherjee and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, are stories of women who have been held back and controlled by prejudice. In Mukherjee’s essay, she tells the story of herself living in Toronto and what it means to be a visible minority in big cities. Whereas, Tan speaks of her mother’s English, what it means to be a second generation Canadian, and how language and communication can hold people back. Both essays are based off the theme of prejudice, however, they are told from different perspectives and one woman seems content while the other frustrated and trapped....   [tags: Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club, Bharati Mukherjee]

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My Mother Tongue By Amy Tan And The Money By Junot Diaz

- “Broken English” is a commonly used term for those who speak English but not properly or entirely. In Amy Tan’s essay “My Mother Tongue” she explains what it was like growing up with her mother 's broken English. She includes exact phrases her mother said to enhance the essay. In Junot Diaz’s short story “The Money” he also includes the use of Spanglish, a combination of Spanish and English. His incorporation allows the reader to further understand the background and culture of the short story when growing up in New Jersey....   [tags: Family, Short story, Essay, English people]

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Contrasting Cultures in Tan's Mother Tongue and Nguyen's The Happy Days Syndrome

- The teenage years and transition to adulthood is in itself a very difficult period. Blending or fitting in are omnipresent issues that must be dealt with. For children of immigrants, this difficulty is only intensified through language. Both Amy Tan and Khang Nguyen strategically use narrative anecdotes and employ several rhetorical devices to illustrate this struggle in their works, “Mother Tongue” and “The Happy Days,” respectfully. Amy Tan chooses her childhood home as the primary setting of her work....   [tags: compare, contrast]

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Mother Tongue By Amy Tan, The Ignorance Shown By Many People

- In the essay, “How To Tame A Wild Tongue”, by Gloria Anzaldua and the essay, Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan, the ignorance shown by many people is highlighted. Amy Tan’s essay focuses on how some people look down on others who do not speak English without an accent. Anzaldua’s essay focuses on how people do not have a broad view of language and often look down upon others who do not speak the language that they speak. Both of the essays address language, but the broader topic that they acknowledge is more important....   [tags: Spanish language, English language]

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`` Life As An Undocumented Immigrant `` And Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue

- "Why did she sing when she can’t even pronounce the words right. Haha that F.O.B. is so stupid!" These were the haunting words that I overheard my classmate utter to her friend as I was walking off the stage from my solo singing performance, cold sweat trickling down my face and warm tears welling up as my vision got blurry. These words remained etched in my memory as I was constantly reminded of the fact that I needed to improve my American accent to conform and assimilate into the American society....   [tags: Immigration to the United States, Immigration]

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How Children Overcome Grammatical Errors When Acquiring Their Mother Tongue

- How children overcome grammatical errors when acquiring their mother tongue is an issue addressed by many researchers. The term negative evidence refers to information about the structures that are not allowed in a language, and comes in either indirect or direct form. The former includes all ill-formed utterances that don 't usually occur in spoken language: no native speaker of any language would utter an ungrammatical sentence. On the other hand, a parental behaviour that informs the child of what is not grammatical is considered direct negative evidence....   [tags: Linguistics, Language acquisition, Noam Chomsky]

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Amy Tan 's Mother 's Tongue

- Amy Tan is an author who was born in 1952 in Oakland, California. Her parents, who emigrated from China, encouraged her to study in a math or science career but she soon had an interest in English instead. From attending San Jose State University, she got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She wrote a story called “Mother’s Tongue” which describes the different ways of English forms there is to pursue. Her thesis is a discussion of language and how it can affect her profession in the long run....   [tags: Language, Second language, French language]

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Mother Tongue and Language Use in Family and Society

- Mother Tongue and Language Use in Family and Society “Mother Tongue”, by Amy Tan and “Language Use in Family and Society”, by Lee Thomas and Linh Cao, are two examples of how language is important in communication, even if the members of the family may be speaking a language other than English. Language is important to these two authors and it is what brings each family member closer to another, however, they approach the language differently. For Tan and her mother, language is very special....   [tags: Language Communication Essays]

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A Discussion of Mother Tongue Teaching and Fine-tuning of Medium of Instruction for Hong Kong Secondary Schools from the Perspective of Educational Ai

- The medium of instruction (MOI) in secondary schools has been one of the main concerns of different parties in Hong Kong, including Education Bureau (EDB), the business sector, parents, school principals and teachers. It is because a high level of language proficiency not only helps students to achieve a good academic result, but also assist them to have a better career. As a result, the EDB constantly makes changes to the policy of MOI in order to satisfy the demands of different parties. The fine-tuning policy of MOI is the response of EDB to the controversial mother tongue teaching....   [tags: Education ]

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Comparing and Contrasting If Black English Isn't a Language Tell Me What Is with Mother Tongue by Baldwin and Tan

- In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is. by James Baldwin and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan both shows idea of uses of slang and language in different context. In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is. Baldwin states that how language has changed and evolved overtime, Baldwin describes how black English were used as white English, in civil rights movement where blacks were treated as slaves and the used slang language to communicate so that the whites won’t understand....   [tags: slang, culture, adaptation]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's Mother Tongue And Richard Rodriguez 's A Bilingual Childhood

- Language is an important part of who we are. It influences the way we think and behave on a great scale. However, sometimes it is forced upon us to go in different directions just so we can physically and mentally feel as if we belong to the society in which we live in. Just as we see in Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez’s “A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood”, both authors faced some challenges along the way by coping with two different languages, while still trying to achieve the social position which they desired....   [tags: Second language, English language]

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An Investigation of a Language Profile of a Mother-Tongue Mandarin-Speaking Graduate Student from English Major in Hong Kong

- ...      As previously demonstrated, mainland Chinese students have taken up the major proportion of non-local tertiary students in Hong Kong, and it will probably be an evitable tendency in the following years (Yeung, 2012). Nonetheless, little study has been undertaken to shed light on language profile around sociolinguistic question of “who speaks what language to whom, when, where and why” (Fishman, 1972) on mother-tongue Mandarin speakers in Hong Kong. This study explores the linguistic behavior of a graduate student whose mother tongue is Mandarin[ Though most mainland Chinese learn their Chinese dialects as their first language, due to the fact that more than 70% of population in main...   [tags: language, behavior, ethic, research, study]

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Bilingual Education in Nigeria

- ... in primary school, whereas the second language is adopted as a language of instruction from the 4th grade (Salami, 2008, 93). Here English appears as the second language (L2) and indigenous languages as the first language (L1). Moreover such significant feature as code switching (CS) takes places in the program under study, which means that teachers shift the language used in classroom with a particular purpose, e.g. students encouragement, or explaining unclear points (Baker, 1993 and Setati et al., 2002 cited in Salami, 2008, 95)....   [tags: mother tongue, indigenous languages]

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American Global Disinterest

- ... Americans would rather be guided through the cultural assimilation process through the pre-packed thoughts of the protagonist than take a leap of faith into the unknown ethos of someone unwilling to hold their hand (4). As a result, the majority of tales written about life in faraway places are by immigrants writing in English, or authors observing a culture, without taking part in it (2). When this occurs, however, much of the initial meaning of the story is lost in an effort to play tour guide to readers who will never experience anything similar....   [tags: mother tongue, cultural rigidity]

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English: The Most Important Language of Today

- Presently, English is the most wide spread language in terms of the number of countries that speak the language as a mother tongue or foreign language. Regardless of languages such as Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish having a great number of speakers, English dominates as a foreign language for many. A Newsweek Magazine article, written by John McWhorter, ranks English as the world’s international language today and states it is likely to remain this way in the future (McWhorter). Writer Dorie Clark for Forbes Magazine also supports this claim from an economic perspective, whereas English is seen as the global language of business as well (Clark)....   [tags: language, mother tongue, foreign language]

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Tools of the Trade

- Tools of the Trade To many people, language was not seen as a form of communication, but as a barrier that cut them off from the world. This was a common problem for people coming from other countries or who grew up under privileged. Amy Tan and Jimmy Santiago Baca each tell a personal story of how they overcame their own language obstacles. Tan struggled with her mother’s “broken” English. Baca had to endure most of his young life facing prison and illiteracy. As they went through their experiences with speech, they defied stereotypes and became successful....   [tags: Mother Tongue Amy Tan Language Essays]

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Search for My Tongue

- What kind of poem is it. 'Search for My Tongue' is a personal, emotional poem about language and identity. The use of the personal pronoun "I" suggests it is about her own experience. Identity is important in the poem as her fears of losing her first language are about a key part of what makes her who she is. Metaphors and ideas The poem uses the tongue in your mouth as a metaphor to explore the idea of having both your mother tongue and a second language: "I ask you, what would you do if you had two tongues in your mouth." This quotation emphasises that, for the writer, being able to speak two languages has led to difficulties....   [tags: Search for My Tongue Essays]

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The Ways Culture and Identity are Presented in poem Search for My Tongue

- In this essay I am going to compare the poems search for my tongue and half-caste to show how they both relate to culture but are different in the ways they approach the subject. Search for my tongue is about conflict between two cultures, English- we know this because it is written in English and Indian- we know this because of the seven lines of Gujerati used which is an Indian language. It also is about how you have to learn new language when you move to a different culture, and how you almost forget your 'mother tongue' '...your mother tongue would rot, Rot and die until you had to Spit it out' Half-caste also shows conflict between cultures but, i...   [tags: Search for My Tongue Essays]

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Writing A Piece Of ' How For Tame A Wild Tongue '

- When I finished reading a piece of ‘How to tame a wild tongue’, I went on a journey to recall if I had a similar situation. In the reading Anzaldua implies that her language has been alienated through constant heat from both sides (English and Spanish), through this quarrel emerged a new language that was neither English nor Spanish “but both” (Anzaldua, 77). The journey – proves Anzaldua’s point - recalled past events that clearly pointed that what I speak is neither English nor Spanish but a variation of both....   [tags: Spanish language, English language, Surnames]

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Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt

- Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt The Context Of The Poem Sujata Bhatt was born in the Indian state of Gujarat where her mother tongue was Gujarati. Later she moved onto United States where she learnt English. In and interview, she says " I have always thought of myself as an Indian who is outside India". Her mother tongue is for her and important link to her family and to her childhood. " That's the deepest layer of my identity". What Is The Poem About 1. The poet explains what it is like to speak and think into two languages....   [tags: Papers]

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Poet's Feelings in Search for My Tongue

- Poet's Feelings in Search for My Tongue We can contract many details about a persons character and personality simply from the way in which they speak. Firstly, we get an idea of which country they come from and their background by analyzing their accent, we can also decide upon exactly which particular region in that country they live in. For example: Yorkshire accents and Liverpool accents are extremely easy to tell apart. Secondly, we can judge their level of sincerity and seriousness from the tone of their voice, which they are using....   [tags: Papers]

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An Analysis Of Gloria Anzaldua 's Novel ' How The Wild A Wild Tongue '

- No matter what background we come from, we all have some type of language barrier. The immigrants in America, forming and identity means more than just learning English and acclimatizing into the society. People who are born in a foreign country and immigrate to the United States of America (first generation immigrants) have difficulties adapting to the American culture and learning the language. Second generation immigrants usually have no difficulty in adapting but tend to have difficulties in learning to function between the two cultures (American culture and their native culture)....   [tags: Spanish language, English language, United States]

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Comparing Half Caste and Search for my Tongue

- Comparing Half Caste and Search for my Tongue Culture. It’s a very complicated term, with many different interpretations, but what does it actually mean. In this essay I will compare two poems from completely different cultures to see if we get any comparisons, the poems I have chosen to write about are Half-Caste by John Agard and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, I have chosen these because I feel they raise some very significant points. But back to the question mentioned earlier, what is culture....   [tags: John Agard Sujata Bhatt Poetry Poems Essays]

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Factors Helping Children Learn Their Native Tongue

- Factors Helping Children Learn Their Native Tongue There are many factors as to how a child may be able to learn their native tongue at a very young age. Each of these factors has advantages and disadvantages in a child’s learning to speak their native tongue and some are more effective than others. This essay will discuss each of these factors and how important they are. Some of the factors that will be included in this essay are the children imitating their parents, being taught by their parents, interaction with adults and the child’s ability to work out the rules of grammar....   [tags: Papers]

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Language as Proof of Power in The Art of Black English

- “Because we wanted our the messages to be published…” (Jordan 371) It was there, in that line, that I came to the initial belief that the best decision for June Jordan’s students was to write the opening, group paragraph to Newsday and the Brooklyn police in Standard English. I quickly wrote down my belief, for I wanted to remember it as I read on. I knew that whatever was to come could be powerful enough to sway me, or raw enough to leave me lost. Before I delve in to my final belief on the ultimate choice made by the students of June Jordan’s class, “The Art of Black English”, I must justify the reasoning behind paying tribute to Reggie Jordan in the “language of [his] killers” (Jordan 37...   [tags: killers, tongue, student, goal, class]

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Unrelated Incidents’ by Tom Leonard and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt

- What does the way a person speaks tell us about the person. ‘Unrelated Incidents’ by Tom Leonard and ‘Search for my Tongue’ by Sujata Bhatt are two poems that give people an incite into how a person is perceived by others, by the way that they speak. ‘Unrelated Incidents’ is about how the BBC newsreaders all talking in Standard English and will not have a Scottish person reading the news because the viewers will not understand there accent, Tom Leonard views this as discrimination and shows his dislike to this attitude in his poem....   [tags: English Literature]

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Rhetorical Analysis Of ' How Of Tame A Wild Tongue '

- Rhetorical Analysis: “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” The essay “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” by Gloria Anzaldua is relevant to today’s society, because it brings to discussion important social issues such acculturation, racism, and sexism. A major social event that she lived through and was an advocate of was the Chicano movement, which influenced her in her writing. This essay is not only written solely using her intelligence and research, it also comes from personal experience. Furthermore, she says that she will not be silenced anymore, that all people deserve the right to freedom of speech and the freedom to their culture....   [tags: Culture, United States, Language, Writing]

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My Mother As A Middle Class Family

- Growing up in a middle class family in Nepal, you’re usually introduced to three different languages: Nepali, English, and Hindi. My mother tongue is Nepali. Now, Nepali and Hindi are quite similar, you learn to understand and speak in Hindi as you grow older and start watching Bollywood movies, it’s no big deal. English however, is learned slowly; right before a toddler turns three, he or she is introduced to the English alphabets before school career starts for them. Yes, kids in Nepal start school when they’re toddlers....   [tags: English language, Dialect, United States]

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A Comparison of Search for My Tongue and Presents From My Aunt in Pakistan

- A Comparison of Search for My Tongue and Presents From My Aunt in Pakistan Search for my tongue and Presents from my aunt in Pakistan are two poems that explore from a personal viewpoint what is like to grow up in unfamiliar and different culture. Both poems consider the conflict that exits when a person tries to fit into a new culture. Search for my tongue considers what it is like when you feel you are losing your culture while presents from my aunt in Pakistan considers how to regain ones culture....   [tags: Papers]

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Revolt of Mother, by Mary E. Wilkins

- The story “Revolt of Mother,” by Mary E. Wilkins depicts a woman (Sarah Penn) who is constantly exempt by her husband (Adonriam Penn) in taking part in important decisions until her frustration reached a breaking point, which ultimately leads to drastic changes in their family. In contrast a similar conflict arises in the movie Sleeping With the Enemy (1991), which was directed by Joseph Ruben. In the movie the main character, Laura Burney, had everything her heart desired. On the surface she had a beautiful house, a successful husband, and any material item she could ever want....   [tags: Film Review]

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Comparing Search for my Tongue and Presents From My Aunts in Pakistan

- Comparing Search for my Tongue and Presents From My Aunts in Pakistan The writer, Moniza Alvi, reveals her past in her poem Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan. The poem shows the reader her feelings for Pakistan, the country she was born in. The line "of no fixed nationality" sums up the mood of the poem, that because she lives in England, speaks English but is from Pakistan, she does not seem to belong anywhere. The poem Search for my Tongue, written by Sujata Bhatt, is similar to Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan, The line "I thought I spit it out" refers to the metaphor the whole poem is based on, that to speak two languages, to be a part of two cultures, is j...   [tags: Papers]

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Search For My Tongue and Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan

- Search For My Tongue and Presents From My Aunts In Pakistan The first poem “Search” focuses on less visual effects such as language. She writes the beginning and of the poem in English but the middle is made up of Gujerati. Even though we cannot tell what the writing means it doesn’t matter because we still get the same effect from it, the almost angriness and distress from the poet, Sujata Bhatt . The other poem “Presents” uses visual items like clothes to show the difference in cultures: “my costume clung to me I was aflame.” Moniza Alvi sees her Pakistani clothes as a “costume” rather than normal clothes....   [tags: Poems Poetry Essays]

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A Comparison of ‘Search for my Tongue’ by Sujata Bhatt and ‘Ogun’ by Edward Kamau

- A Comparison of ‘Search for my Tongue’ by Sujata Bhatt and ‘Ogun’ by Edward Kamau When making a comparison between the two poems, ‘Search For My Tongue’ by Sujata Bhatt and ‘Ogun’ by Edward Kamau Brathwaite we can see that both are primarily concerned with notions of culture and identity and in particular how one impacts upon the other. The implication being, that the culture into which we are born plays an important role in the formation of our identity and that when we attempt to integrate ourselves into a ‘foreign’ culture conflict is created within....   [tags: Papers]

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The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan

- The Ways in Which Culture and Identity are Presented in Search for My Tongue and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan In this essay I aim to discuss the ways in which culture and identity are presented in 'search for my tongue' and 'presents from my aunts in Pakistan' The first poem, 'search for my tongue' is written by a woman called Sujata Bhatt who was born in nineteen fifty six, in Ahmedabad, India. She emigrated to the United States of America in nineteen sixty eight. She is a very successful poet and translator of Gujarati and English and if that was not enough she is now living in Germany....   [tags: Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan]

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Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, Hurricane Hits England by Grace Nichols and Presents from Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alzi

- Search For My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt, Hurricane Hits England by Grace Nichols and Presents from Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alzi 'Search For My Tongue', by Sujata Bhatt is a forceful poem describing her experience of being caught between two cultures. This poem expresses how she feels that she has lost her mother tongue while speaking the foreign language within which she now lives, but in her dreams it grows back. Similarly, 'Hurricane Hits England', by Grace Nichols describes how she felt alone in England, a foreign country to her, and the delight when the hurricane struck as it brought back memories of her origin....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of Two Poems Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt

- A Comparison of Two Poems Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan by Moniza Alvi and Search for my Tongue by Sujata Bhatt In this essay, I will be showing you how the writers use their own poetic devices within their work to their advantage and how the poets have used different themes to overcome in their own poems. To begin this essay, I will be presenting to you how Alvi and Bhatt have used different viewpoints within their poems to put across their message to the reader. In the poem 'Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan', Alvi chooses to present her work in the narrative viewpoint of the first person, reducing the chance of her poem being a conversational one....   [tags: Papers]

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Moving Between Different Cultures in Poetry

- Moving Between Different Cultures in Poetry For my essay I will be looking at two poems which deal with the experience of moving between different cultures, these are Half-Caste and Search for My Tongue. These poems are written from experience. John Agard the author of Half-Caste was born in Gugana and moved to Britain in 1977. He is half-caste himself and his poem expresses his feelings about the term half-caste. Sujata Bhatt the authoress of Search for My Tongue was born in India in 1956, her family moved to the United States of America in the 1960's and she now lives in Germany....   [tags: Half Caste Search for My Tongue Essays]

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Hostess, Peace Weaver, and Mother

- Within the pages of the well-known epic poem are many extraordinary and warring narratives of the Middle Ages. Beowulf is important because it is one of the most ancient European epics written in the vernacular, or native tongue. The seemingly super natural heroes of this exciting and famous writing have a great impact on the typical roles of their women. As declared through out the many lines of the astonishing poem, the women have many purposes and serve a variety of roles. Wealhtheow, Hygd, Hildeburh, Freawaru, and Grendel’s Mother give examples of the historical roles that are expected of the women of this ancient time....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Importance Of A Nurse Look After A Mother With Her First Baby

- Description During one of my shifts on postpartum I was helping a nurse look after a mom with her first baby. She really wanted to be able to breastfeed but she was having a lot of troubles getting her baby to latch on. It was a Saturday and there was no lactation consultant working who could come in to help her. Her baby was also small for gestational age, so she did have risk for hypoglycemia, making it really important for her baby to be feeding to ensure her blood sugars would not drop. After each attempt at breastfeeding and being unsuccessful, the mom would look very upset....   [tags: Breastfeeding, Infant, Lactation]

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Not The Furniture Game and Mother, by Simon Armitage

- Simon Armitage uses metaphor in many different ways in Not The Furniture Game and Mother.... He uses them to describe and build up characters, in most cases; he doesn’t use much narrative and instead uses metaphor to help you build up your own story, so the interpretation varies and creates a much larger story from such a small poem. Armitage uses metaphors as a simple listed comparison as well as an extended metaphor which continues throughout the whole poem. These lead to a strange structure as it is unrhymed....   [tags: Metaphor, Literary Analysis]

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The Expert : How For Tame A Wild Tongue ' From Gloria Anzaldua 's Book Borderlands / La Frontera

- In the expert “How to tame a wild tongue” from Gloria Anzaldua’s book Borderlands/La Frontera, Anzaldua emphasizes the interrelation of language with social and personal identity. In the text, Anzaldua relays her experiences of racial and cultural barriers embodied throughout language, both of which have led to a degraded version of her ultimate sense of self and personal identity. The underlying message is portrayed in one way with the use of intricate rhetoric, in which Anzaldua makes use of the inclusion of particular phrases in “Chicano Spanish” to bring insight into the dynamic of the linguistics system....   [tags: Sociology, Mores]

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Love Thy Mother Most Peculiar

- Abstract: Does Hamlet, a character in Shakespeare’s historical play, have the Oedipus complex. Do we truly understand the semantics of the Oedipus complex. Many critics have had different opinions. According to Webster’s online dictionary, the Oedipus complex is a “complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved” (Webster's Online Dictionary, 2011). Another source defines the Oedipus complex as “the attachment of the child to the parent of the opposite sex, accompanied by envious and aggressive feelings toward the parent of the same sex” (Dolloff, 2006)....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Analysis Of The Article ' Why And When We Speak Spanish On Public ' And Amy Tan 's Article `` Mother

- In your company, a position that pays a higher salary and has more regular work hours opens up so you decide to apply for the job. Your supervisor tells you that you cannot be considered for the position because although you are fully fluent in English, you have a Vietnamese accent. Instead, another employee who speaks with a British accent is interviewed for the position. In Myriam Marquez’s article “Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public” and Amy Tan’s article “Mother Tongue” we get a taste of what it feels like to be linguistically impaired and discriminated against....   [tags: Second language, English language, Linguistics]

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Mother Daughter Relationships in works by Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan

- The Power of a Mother In their articles, Chang Rae-Lee and Amy Tan establish a profound ethos by utilizing examples of the effects their mother-daughter/mother-son relationships have had on their language and writing. Lee’s "Mute in an English-Only World" illustrates his maturity as a writer due to his mother’s influence on growth in respect. Tan, in "Mother Tongue," explains how her mother changed her writing by first changing her conception of language. In any situation, the ethos a writer brings to an argument is crucial to the success in connecting with the audience; naturally a writer wants to present himself/herself as reliable and credible (Lunsford 308)....   [tags: Chang Rae Lee Amy Tan]

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Short Story: A Man's Memories of his Mother's Criticism and His Male Lover

- 11:58. The stark red numbers of the alarm clock glared at him in the darkness. The air conditioner whirred softly, a muscle twitched in his leg. The pillow was thin and limp beneath his head. A bar of moonlight slanted through the blinds, glinting on the empty vodka bottle at the foot of the bed. He ran his tongue along his teeth and felt the fuzz of hard liquor. He exhaled sharply, fingers kneading his temple. He was drunk, but the memories still clung to him like a sour aftertaste that kept him awake....   [tags: creative writing]

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