“Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system, and this is plausible because when an individual doesn't fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system; thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good.” This quote provides a lucent and focused direction to the prevalent predicaments of language discrimination. Unfair treatment, due to the way or type of style used while speaking can be seen in most everyday cases. The comparison between the book “Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice” by John Baugh and the continuously transpiring, real life event of
Language is a very affective and a useful way to rule people. One example of this was when at boarding school the principal O’Sullivan shouted at the Navajo kids every day “Navajo is no good use at all.” “Only English will
“Intrinsic arguments describe the English language as providential, rich, noble and interesting. Such arguments tend to assert what English is and what other languages are not”. As mentioned previously, notwithstanding that the english language is widely-spoken around the world, diversity is important and for many individuals language is the basis of their culture. Making english the global language is essentially
The author continues his essay by proposing a the banding of the English The fact that many people want to make English as the official language they have not seen the benefits of having a wider variety of languages in the country. Although there are many benefits having many different languages in the country, what type of benefits will the country obtained by having English as the official language? Will it actually united the people more? Or will it make it fall apart? In order to find the answers to this questions it will probably be best to talk with a someone that is involved with linguistics and find a similar situation in other countries to use as
Americans` perspective on language has changed by social or political factors. Three articles, “Do you speak American?” by Robert MacNeil, “Lost in America” by Douglas McGray, and “Why good English is good for you” by John Simon demonstrate each of the author`s idea that changes by the factors are inevitable,
British novelist William Golding once stated, “Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.” As human beings, we feel the constant urge to express and communicate, in hopes of making sense of the world around us. However, language is limiting, restrictive, and confining. It attempts to place infinitely complex experiences into a finite number of words. The significance and essence of human experience is lost through our words, because language simply cannot express our thoughts and emotions in their truest forms. But, who would we be without language? Lacking the ability to communicate would take away from our understanding of the world and people around us. This understanding of our place in society, is what forms our identity, because it sets us apart from others. How could we know good, if there was no such thing as bad? The meaning of the word “good,” would be rendered useless without the existence of “bad.” Similarly, our identity depends on not only who we are as individuals, but who we are in relation to others. As a result, language is deeply embedded in our sense of identity, because it provides us with the knowledge that gives us the ability to compare ourselves to the world around us. With this thought in mind, to what extent does language influence our identity?
Near the beginning of the article, Mydans mentions an argument made by Nicholas Ostler, the author of "Empires of the Word," in that English will rise to a certain point and then ultimately collapse, just as Latin did. Mydans later considers the argument Nerrière brings up in that English has too many words, and a simpler form must be created in order for there to be a true global language. Mydans points out these counterarguments as methods to emphasize that although there are doubts, English will and can overcome other languages in one way or another as the dominant language of the world. Some readers might think adding these counterarguments might hurt Mydans' case, but as a skilled writer, Mydans knows introducing these rebuttals will help accentuate his
With the globalization, the English Language became the main language of the communication in the world. In this perspective, Dennis Baron discusses in his article Who Owns Global English” the omnipresence and the prevalence of the English in today’s society. For Dennis Baron, English has become the key success in
Should English be the Official Universal Language? English has become the most widespread and powerful language on Earth. The imperial English Empire spread English across the globe; from America to Asia. English’s position in the world was cemented by US cultural and diplomatic dominance; evident in American movies, fast food, and clothing. English has proven it is not moving anywhere anytime soon, as English only grows in use over time. Thus a debate has arisen: Should English be the official Universal Language? On one hand, English can harm other cultures, international relations, and scientific development; however, English is very flexible and widely used, making it the perfect candidate for a global language.
Explaining how language can be viewed as an object, and when we view language, we find it to be meaningful when in use. However, to not see language as an object and rather look at it in a living socio-cultural phenomenon we can draw from these the implications that can impact our classrooms positively. Language has impacted the way in which different cultures communicate, it impacts on how we teach students to read, speak and write. Language can determine how different cultures are perceived within a community other than their own. Language can be viewed as an object, that can be defined as a communication tool. Language can be broken into different dialect from different socio-cultures and those cultures can impact on how students and
Language is formed through culture, history, and evolves over time in order to be able to communicate with one another. Differences in languages are based on where people are from, who they may be, and their own experiences. All languages have unique value, and all display their own ways of seeing the world. Languages and cultures are constantly changing due to influences we have on one another in the way we speak and write. Different languages are always mixing through contact on media, like the internet, which allows opportunities for languages to grow and affect each other in several ways. The English language formed though history, culture, and experiences that do not apply to all of the multicultural society of America. Making English the official language strips the diversity of the individual language and culture of immigrants, and bilinguals, as well as minimize the instinctive enrichment between cultures.
Linguistic stereotypes are an existent form of discrimination. Since, languages are criticized and mocked due to the connection between language and cultural character. Thus, language is significantly related to the identity of the speakers. In addition, languages are vulnerable to criticism due to differences in cultural behavior.
English as we know it is indeed the dominant language, but does that mean everyone should learn it? Should English be the global language? Should you have to know English to communicate if you are someone that lives in a place where the native language is something different? The answer is no. However, first you must consider the statement “It is a fact that English is the dominant language in the world today. Everyone, in every country, in order to participate in the modern world, should learn English. After all, a language is just a random collection of words, so how hard can it be”. Personally, I believe it is tremendously difficult to learn a new language as an adult, but in order to make the world go round, we all should know more than one language; no one language should rule. Barbara Wallraff, David Crystal, and John Tagliabue share a few words that connect to the statement to show their personal mindset behind English being a global language. In this essay, I will extract statements from each of the authors that explain their views on a global language to support my overall perception.
From my readings to research from Edutopia to literature courses, I have gained a deeper appreciation for language. In order to understand what one is speaking, a person needs to spend time listening to one’s language and before responding must reflect and analyze what the other said and how to respond. If a person wants to love another person they have to listen to their language in order to speak their language, and the core part of learning another language is by listening. According to Joan Blaska, author of The Power of Language: Speak and Write Using “Person First” the language people use shows one’s bias and prejudices. Beliefs and another’s performance fall under the influence of language. Blaska claimed “ the degree to which children are able to perceive themselves as competent and worthy, or the opposite, is heavily influenced by the verbalizations used by their teachers...Studies have found that labeling of students does affect teacher expectations which in turn affects student progress”. People have heavy influence with their words, because of this, our language must be intentional in a way, that breaks down negative stereotypes and helps one gain empathy as well as seeing others capabilities. Communicating and reading others comments and inquiring others has helped me to accept
The Importance of Teaching English “In the world were over seven thousand languages have exisisted, one language had become dominate. This dominant language is English.” “In the majority of countries throughout the world speak English as their second or first language, no longer just America or England.” English has taken many