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How To Tame A Wild Tongue: An Analysis

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Audie Bonn Dancel

on 12 November 2015

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How To Tame A Wild Tongue: An Analysis
By: Sarah Arellano, Yeran Atullah, Audie Dancel, Amy Fernandez , Nancy Heldez, Claudia Perez
Anzaldua explains social and cultural difficulties that immigrants faced when being raised in the united States.How the ways in which identity is intertwined with the way we speak and the ways in which people can be made to feel ashamed of their own tongue.
Illustrates acculturation process as something extremely violent and cruel.
Anzaldua illustrates that one way identity can be perceived is through language and it should not be a reason for discrimination.

Anzaldua's Purpose
An individual has his form of expression attacked with intend censure to shape what is acceptable and what is not.
If one form of spanish is different from another does not mean that either is more or less authentic.
View of languages as subjective and passive of changes that go beyond new grammatical rules.This changes incorporate social and cultural factors.

Linguistic Terrorism
English Proficiency on the Rise Among Latinos
U.S. Born Driving Language Changes
“Deslenguadas.Somos los del espanol deficiente.We are your linguistic mestisaje,the subject of your burla.Because we speak with tongues of fire we are culturally crucified. Racially ,culturally and linguistically somos huerfanos- we speak an orphan tongue.”(Anzaldua p.565)

The author is someone who has lived this conflict. She comprehends it in a specific manner due to her interactions with the problem.
Anzaldua connects emotionally with readers ,because many people in the world are also having this problem.The connection is strong due to people who has and is still being ignored ,being left out of society due to a linguistic barrier.

Anzaldua evaluated different languages and how their problems tend to be alike.

33.2 million hispanics in the US speak English profficiently according to U.S Census Bureau
English profiency is on the rise because of growing share of u.s. Born latinos who live in households where only english is spoken.
So Why is there a Decline?
Linguistic Discrimination
Generational Gap
Internalized Opression
Interpersonal Opression
Institutionalized Opression
Our Testimonies
So? What's The Point?
Linguistic Discriminations are "Justified"
Affects Foreign workers, as well as US born workers
Leads to other forms of discrimination, like racial based discrimination.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, and national origin. And in 1987, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission more specifically defined national origin to include linguistic characteristics of a national origin (EEO, 1987). Under this law, however, employers have some latitude. Employers can deny employment if the accent interferes materially with job performance or the safety of the employee or others. This law only protects accents related to national origin. Homegrown accents and dialects do not have legal protection.
Although we are less likely to directly discriminate against others based on race, ethnicity, homeland, or economics, discrimination based on language seems to be "fair game." In this country, one's ability is often judged on the basis of how well one speaks English. Unintelligence is one attribute that is often assigned to those who speak with a heavy accent (Ryan et al., 1984, cited in Cargile, Takai, & Rodriguez, 2006). The courts document a number of cases brought against employers for discrimination based on language (Xieng v. Peoples National Bank of Washington, 1991; Andrews v Cartex Corporation, 1992).
Let's Talk..
Which part did stood out to you the most?
Is there a time you felt targeted for the way you spoke (i.e. your accent, chosen word choice, etc)?
Have you ever judged someone for the way they spoke (i.e. accent, word choice, etc.)? Why?
Why are some languages and dialects held in higher regards than others?
What can really tell about a person from the way they speak?
If we value ourselves as nation of immigrants, why do we harbor prejudices for people speaking multiple language?
Should the United States have an official language?
With all these information in mind, what can we do about this?
Closing Remarks...
"We all have standards and preferences about the spoken language, and certain accents can take more effort to understand. It is to be hoped, though, that we can make an effort to hear the
of the message and look beyond the stereotypes associated with the
the message is being spoken." -Patreese D. Ingram
Associate Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
The Pennsylvania State University
Thank You.
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