Learning From Other Author 's Conversations Essay

1817 WordsDec 15, 20168 Pages
Reading and learning from other author’s conversations has been very intriguing and I am excited to join the conversation. In this essay, I will be digging deeper into three texts and using them to formulate a claim about language. Language is interesting to study because it is so important to everyone in the world. Language separates people and brings people together. It can cause mass destruction and solve world problems. On a social side, language can be a barrier for some and a way to take advantage of others. Without a solid control of language, people may struggle in society. My argument is that control over language is unfair to certain individuals because it leads to discrimination, lack of power, and negative social identity. First, I will be discussing the idea that control over language leads to discrimination of less linguistically capable individuals. The author that I will be choosing to support this point is Amy Tan, from her essay Mother Tongue. Tan’s main argument is that the lack of sufficiency in a language leads to individuals being taken advantage of. She begins her argument by describing the different Englishes she speaks with her mother, “…the English I spoke to my mother, which for lack of a better term might be described as ‘simple’; the English she used with me, which for lack of a better term might be described as ‘broken’; my translation of her Chinese, which could certainly be described as ‘watered down.’” Tan speaks many different
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