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Mother Tongue, by Amy Tan - OlyPen

18 Jan 2017 21:24 | Author: silvermeercat105 | Category: Vorwort zur dissertation

I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

Recently, I was made keenly aware of the different Englishes I do use. I was giving a talk to a large group of people, the same talk I had already given to half a dozen other groups. The nature of the talk was about my writing, my life, and my book, The Joy Luck Club. The talk was going along well enough, until I remembered one major difference that made the whole talk sound wrong. My mother was in the room. And it was perhaps the first time she had heard me give a lengthy speech, using the kind of English I have never used with her. I was saying things like, "The intersection of memory upon imagination" and "There is an aspect of my fiction that relates to thus-and-thus'--a speech filled with carefully wrought grammatical phrases, burdened, it suddenly seemed to me, with nominalized forms, past perfect tenses, conditional phrases, all the forms of standard English that I had learned in school and through books, the forms of English I did not use at home with my mother.

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    User1491548162 18 Jan 2017 00:02

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s language, her own use of English and society''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s response to different people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s English usage.

    Amy Tan was born in the United States to immigrant Chinese parents. She wrote The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter and other best-selling books. Tan is literary editor for West magazine and plays in the band the Rock Bottom Remainders. Pat Boyd Photography hide caption

    I didn't used to believe in ghosts, but I was trained to talk to them. My mother reminded me many times that I had the gift. It all stemmed from a lie I told when I was 4. The way my mother remembered it, I refused to get ready for bed one night, claiming there was a ghost in the bathroom. She was delighted to learn I was a spirit medium.

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    User1489049133 18 Jan 2017 02:44

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''s language, her own use of English and society''s response to different people''s English usage.

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    blackostrich725 18 Jan 2017 05:04

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother's language, her own use of English and society's response to different people's English usage.

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    greengorilla197 18 Jan 2017 04:20

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''''''''''''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''''''''''''''s language, her own use of English and society''''''''''''''''s response to different people''''''''''''''''s English usage.

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    bigtiger890 18 Jan 2017 02:35

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s language, her own use of English and society''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s response to different people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s English usage.

    Amy Tan was born in the United States to immigrant Chinese parents. She wrote The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter''s Daughter and other best-selling books. Tan is literary editor for West magazine and plays in the band the Rock Bottom Remainders. Pat Boyd Photography hide caption

    I didn''t used to believe in ghosts, but I was trained to talk to them. My mother reminded me many times that I had the gift. It all stemmed from a lie I told when I was 4. The way my mother remembered it, I refused to get ready for bed one night, claiming there was a ghost in the bathroom. She was delighted to learn I was a spirit medium.

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    User1489194512 18 Jan 2017 07:38

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    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    Recently, I was made keenly aware of the different Englishes I do use. I was giving a talk to a large group of people, the same talk I had already given to half a dozen other groups. The nature of the talk was about my writing, my life, and my book, The Joy Luck Club. The talk was going along well enough, until I remembered one major difference that made the whole talk sound wrong. My mother was in the room. And it was perhaps the first time she had heard me give a lengthy speech, using the kind of English I have never used with her. I was saying things like, "The intersection of memory upon imagination" and "There is an aspect of my fiction that relates to thus-and-thus''--a speech filled with carefully wrought grammatical phrases, burdened, it suddenly seemed to me, with nominalized forms, past perfect tenses, conditional phrases, all the forms of standard English that I had learned in school and through books, the forms of English I did not use at home with my mother.

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    N1kolay 17 Jan 2017 23:17

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''s language, her own use of English and society''''s response to different people''''s English usage.

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    Анастасия Гущина 18 Jan 2017 01:25

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''''''s language, her own use of English and society''''''''s response to different people''''''''s English usage.

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    User1488296644 18 Jan 2017 05:16

    I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others.

    I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language -- the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all -- all the Englishes I grew up with.

    The main idea of Amy Tan''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s "Mother Tongue" is the limitations that imperfect English can impose in society and the richness that such English can bring to writing. Tan elaborates this idea by scrutinizing her mother''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s language, her own use of English and society''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s response to different people''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s English usage.