LIN HW 6 - Lauren Powell LIN 306 41385 Hw 6 1 In the movie...

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Lauren Powell November 16, 2009 LIN 306 41385 Hw. 6 1. In the movie Do You Speak American , Steve Harvey says that you must be able to switch between different ways of speaking English to succeed. This is very similar to the ability to switch between languages. In both cases, you may fit in with your environment or the people you are surrounded with if you use a specific dialect or language. If everyone in the group is speaking Spanish, you do not want to be the only one speaking French. Similarly, if everyone in the group is speaking African American English, you do not want to be speaking with a Hispanic accent. The odd speaking person in the group is not taken a seriously as the others because the others may believe that they do not understand the group’s struggles or interests. On the other hand, being able to switch between languages would be much more confusing due to the large lexicon of word available for use. It can be much harder to speak constantly in one language when you know many languages because of the mixing of lexicons. However, when you can switch between different dialects, you are always speaking English. Even if you have an
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