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Mother Tongue - "Mother Tongue Annotation Paragraph 1-2 Tan believes that a language has a fascinating power to conduct and guide mental activities

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“Mother Tongue” Annotation Paragraph 1-2: Tan believes that a language has a fascinating power to conduct and guide mental activities Paragraph 3-4: Tan begins to recognize that she uses different styles of English depending on people she meets. Tan becomes well aware of the change in her language when she is with her mother. She is then able to divide her different “Englishes.” Paragraph 5-6: Tan describes how her family language is different from the standard English by giving an example of her mother’s storytelling of Du, in which the grammar rules were totally absent. Paragraph 7: Unlike others who do not understand her mother’s language clearly, Tan views it as very descriptive and strong, because whatever the language she speaks, it’s her mother tongue. Paragraph 8: Tan feels uncomfortable illustrating her mother’s language as “limited,” “fractured,” or “broken” because she thinks the language is more valuable than to be called in such ways. Paragraph 9: She had relied on the judgment of others when she estimated her mother’s
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 76100 taught by Professor Lynch during the Fall '07 term at Carnegie Mellon.

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Mother Tongue - "Mother Tongue Annotation Paragraph 1-2 Tan believes that a language has a fascinating power to conduct and guide mental activities

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