Diglossia

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  • Code-Switching In We Wear The Mask And When Malindy Sings

    Would you write an email to your professor the same way you would write a tweet? Would you speak to your boss the same way you speak to your friends? Would someone from Tennessee have the same vernacular as someone from South Boston? Code-switching is the changing of speech patterns both in writing and physical speaking depending on audience. One of the oldest examples of literary code-switching is in Paul Laurence Dunbar 's 1896 poetry collection Lyrics of Lowly life. Specifically Dunbar 's poems: “We Wear the Mask,” and “When Malindy Sings.” These works not only give a great example of what code-switching is; but also asks the reader engaged with why one might code switch and the effects of that switching. “We Wear the Mask” describes how some have to hide their inner pain from their audience. Though the poem’s “we” is vague, Dunbar’s word choice, imagery, and historical context it is clear that the “we” is African Americans experiencing post civil war racism. Within the first and third stanza there are reference to slavery. Within the First stanza he uses graphic languages to create a gory image reminiscent of the violence associated with slavery,“ This debt we pay to human guile;/With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,” (line 4). The third stanza also hints to African American culture “ We sing,” (line 12). Most Slaves were prohibited from educated so had an oral tradition, in both songs and stories. These contrasting images of violence (bleeding) and Happiness…

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  • What Is Something Important To You Essay

    If I were about to granted another chance to rewrite my memoir, I would definitely do so. Down here would be my rewritten version of my memoir, which was corrected directly from my original one. There was an old saying: “There are no two identical leaves in the world," but I asked myself: "Why so? What were their differences? Was it color, size, or shape? Despite their differences, I believed each of them had own life, in which was different from others because of the effect of environment. For…

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  • Roots, Race And Identity: Texaco, By Patrick Chamoiseau

    Chamoiseau uses magical realism in Texaco Gallagher, Mary. “CARIBBEAN LITERATURE”. The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies 60 (1998): 181–184. N'ZENGOU-TAYO, MARIE JOSE. “Literature and Diglossia: The Poetics of French and Creole 'interlect' in Patrick Chamoiseau's Texaco”. Caribbean Quarterly 43.4 (1997):…

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  • Benefits Of Multilingualism

    speak their native languages, even if they use the standard language that they hear in the street and at school? Benefits of Multilingualism in Education Okal, B.O. (2014) If defining the tern multilingualism, it is the capability of a speaker to express themselves in several languages along with their native language with expertise. Multilingualism comprises of bilingualism and trilingualism. Bilingualism refers to the ability of speaking more than one language whereas trilingualism is the…

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  • Language: Significance And Importance Of Language In Pakistan

    is the fourth-most talked language in the United Kingdom and third-most talked local language (after English and French) in Canada. The language likewise has a critical nearness in the United Arab Emirates, United States, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. Variety of language: Variety in dialect among speakers or gathering of speakers is a remarkable standard or change that may happen in articulation, word decision, or even inclinations for specific linguistic examples. There are three dimensions for…

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  • Fate In The Middle English Language

    The word fatal came about in the English language in the Middle English period, circa 1347. Originally the adjectival form of fate, it initially meant “allotted or decreed by fate or destiny; destined, fated” (OED, 2015). Up until the early 16th century, circa 1518, its various definitions continued to revolve around the idea of “destiny”, portraying the largely stagnant semantic change lasting for almost two centuries. Its initial borrowing likely came as a result of the Norman Conquest of…

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  • Multilingualism Essay

    KwaZulu-Natal province where Indians “had mastered the dominant language of their province, English, to the extent of becoming virtually monolingual”. Such language shifts, which are not rare for a region, acquired close attention of some of the sociolinguists specializing on South Africa. They argue that this tendency may eventually result in English becoming the only medium of instruction in schools. Indeed, the high status of English and its image of language for the powerful elites and a…

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