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Potter 1.1Maranda PotterMr. Cochran or Mr. C (M.A., M.F.A.)December 20, 2020An Analysis of Amy Tan's “Mother Tongue”In "Mother Tongue," the author, Amy Tan, expresses her claims and how disheartening itwas to see others refer to her mother's evolved language as broken English. Many stereotypesaccompany people who are not natural citizens in America, so they feel they must refine orpolish their use of English after relocating. Broken English speakers are judged and seen asuneducated or unintelligent. The article's central claim of exposing that people's belief systemsare biased and flawed directly affects her mother in receiving equal and fair treatment strictly dueto how she articulates the English language. The United States is a country of and forimmigrants. You would think that people would have a more empathetic understanding of theforms of English people speak. There are many shortcuts and slang terms used in many people'sspeech. Tan uses her firsthand experiences to give the reader a sense of what it is like to live withmultiple forms of English in the home as a first-generation Chinese American. Humanity oftenspeculates on language stereotypes and takes it too far. The author's main claim is provingdiscrimination against people who speak in "broken English" compared to speakers of StandardEnglish because of false stereotypes, unequal treatment, and a lack of understanding.Tan set out to prove her belief that people including professionals will discriminateagainst people who do not speak in the same form of English as themselves. Languagediscrimination is an unethical treatment based on language and speech characteristics, including
Potter 1.2first language, accent, quantity of vocabulary, modality, and syntax. “The fact that people indepartment stores, at banks, and in restaurants did not take her seriously, did not give her goodservice, pretended not to understand her, or even acted as if they did not hear her" (Tan 22). Tanwants us to focus on the concepts behind the words, the purpose as it was meant to beunderstood, and the author's faith or enthusiasm. She writes about her experience in school andbecause she typically scored higher academically in math than English that was the direction she

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