Essay on Mother Tongue Critical Analysis

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Mother Tongue Critical Analysis
The author of The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan, pens "Mother Tongue" concerning the negative judgment that native English speakers have towards individuals who have a basic mastery of English and the comparison to their intelligence. The author uses her mother as an example to convey her point and to discredit those negative perceptions as a way to convince her audience not to judge. This article 's contestation against the negative perceptions that others have towards people with limited English language skills, is a valid claim, but is not effectively defended for it to be persuasive.
The words to describe the type of English her mother, and others who speak like her, are described as "broken", "fractured", or "limited". These words have negative connotations, which reflect in the negative perceptions that others have towards people with limited English. Tan expresses how her friends understand her mother in varying degrees or not at all, to which the author disapproves and asserts that, to her, it is clear and natural sounding (Tan 21). This piece of evidence supports the author 's goal by showing the reader that her mother, who she describes as a limited English speaker, was belittled in various places; however, the author could have included evidence as to why native speakers do this to limited English speakers. According to research by psychologists Shiri Lev-Ari and Boaz Keysar from the University of Chicago found, that because the accents…

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