Mother Tongue Analysis

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Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” and Dennis Baron’s “Who Owns Global English” both highlight important points in regards to language. While Amy Tan discusses her own mother’s native tongue in a more reflective manner, Dennis Baron compares the use of English on a global standard. Though both have similar messages, the two pieces also differ in their overall themes/arguments. In “Mother Tongue,” Tan reflects on her various English’s she discovers herself to have throughout her many interactions. Specifically, her “language of intimacy”, her “broken English”, and her “perfect English”. Though these are all just variations of the same language, each one holds the relationship Tan has with said person. For instance, Tan only uses her “broken English”

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