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Comparing And Contrasting If Black English Isn't A Language Tell Me What Is With Mother Tongue By Baldwin And Tan

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In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is? by James Baldwin and Mother Tongue by Amy Tan both shows idea of uses of slang and language in different context. In the essay if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is? Baldwin states that how language has changed and evolved overtime, Baldwin describes how black English were used as white English, in civil rights movement where blacks were treated as slaves and the used slang language to communicate so that the whites won’t understand. This slang was taken from black language and now everyone uses to make the communication short. In the essay Mother Tongue Tan explains that how language could affect people from different culture. Tan states that how Asian students in America struggle in English. Tan also states that her mother is smart but she couldn’t communicate in English. Tan thinks that’s a big disadvantage for her mother and people coming from different countries cannot show their talent because of their weakness in communication.
In the essays if Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What is? and Mother Tongue, both Baldwin and Tan shows their similarities about uses of language. Baldwin states that how non-standard English is used by blacks who is followed in today’s society known as slang and Tan describes how immigrants face their challenges by the lack of communication. Both essays describe difficulties in adapting to new culture and language. Baldwin states “that language is also a political instrument, means, and proof of power” (Baldwin 277). this quote states that language is important and people who are come to a new country are treated differently and are sometimes ignored by the white people. Baldwin gives an example “I do not know what white Americans would sound like if there had never been...

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