Language Essays & Term Papers

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I believe that the most common of these three is assimilation. Assimilation occurs in many different ways in our schools, and it is unfortunately a part of life that we all have to learn to accept, no matter the consequences. America is more commonly known as the melting pot, one would assume automatically that the schools would consists of numerous cultures yet we still insist on forcing the American way of life onto many of our students. The process of assimilation can occur through langu

People will face a lot of difficulty, when they learn a language that is not his first language. One of the big obstacles is that there is a culture gap that makes the language is even more difficult to learn. The essays Hunger of memory and Mother Tongue contain good and bad examples on how to learn a new language. In the process of learning English, I admire the article Mother Tongue rather then the article Hunger of Memory because it gives me a new insight, and it teaches me a good

English as a Global Tongue English is spoken by more people than any other language in the world, thus it is considered a world language. Today English seems to evolve to a future global tongue, as its spreading on the Internet in recent years shows (almost 80% of the world-wide-web s pages are now written in English). In this context the English language is accused of being a killer language that wipes out smaller languages as well as the cultures they represent. Scientific researches have f

Figurative Language - Language using figures of speech, such as simile, hyperbole, metaphor, symbolism and personification to form imagery is figurative language. It is used to increase shock, novelty, appearance, or illustrative consequences. Example- Shall I compare thee to a summer s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate (Shakespeare, Sonnet #18) Purpose- This is one of Shakespeare s many extended metaphors. He is comparing someone to a summer day, and in doing so he uses man

A Loss of Language In Richard Rodriguez’s “Gains and Losses,” we are told the story of how he learned English as a young boy, and, in turn, stopped using his family’s language, Spanish. The story is the portrayal of a Latino family that does not speak English very well and are pushed, by American society’s cultural expectations, to learn the language and essentially drop their native tongue. The family did have a choice in the matter however, but the alternative was to rema

“Increase in Test Scores Counters Dire Forecast for Bilingual Ban” In the August 20, 2000 New York Times, an article concerning the way the California school system has chosen to educate the large percentage of students that are categorized as having “limited English” caught my attention. Until two years ago the practice of teaching math, science and social studies to immigrants was done in their native language until they gradually picked up English. With a vote by Califor

Orwell and the English language George Orwell, the author of “Politics and the English language” believes in the traditional style of the English language and that there is a definite correlation between language and action. Orwell highly believes that proper English can be cured by never using slang and never using a long word where a short one will do. It is the citizen’s moral responsibility to use the English language with clarity. Most important, people must earn the Engli

Before the module began I had a fixed idea of what madness was. I had underestimated the complexity of the portrayal of madness and as a result of this, I was surprised by the range of texts that we explored from that particular perspective. Reading Sylvia Plath s, The Bell Jar seemed to me initially, an easy read. However, after discussing the text in the seminar with relation to the language diagram of paradigmatic and syntagmatic axis, I re read Plath and found it more and more complex

Unseen text-King Lear (The passage is taken from Act 5,scene 3 and only Lear speaks throughout) The thing I find most interesting about the language used in this passage, is the dream like image it creates. I think the amount of contradictive language, used in the passage is also of some note as it creates ambiguity. The first language point that grabbed my attention about this passage is that it seems to contain lots of soft sounding words like “ebb”, ”flow” and “pray

"Should the United States Congress Designate English to be the Nations Official Language" Is it fair to have a designated language for the country that has the freedom of speech and freedom of choice? There are many good arguments in defense of both sides of this controversial issue. It is hard to say if one side is right or one side is wrong. Due to no written official language in the United States it brings about many problems for this very diverse society. Who is to say that these probl

Bilingual Education is the teaching of two languages. This would also be the ability to speak two languages. During the 1920's testing among various groups of people began. These tests were conducted in poor testing conditions, overcrowded rooms, poor lighting, and large rooms with poor audibility. Many immigrants were categorized as "simpletons" for receiving zeros on the test because they were unable to speak English, could not read, and were unfamiliar with the American culture. The lo

Some thought it came from Turkish, and some thought it came from mouth pantomime. Where did language really come from? Well from what has been read, nobody really knows. Sure threre are plenty of theories, but if famous Greek philosophers, like Pythagoras, or Plato couldn't figure it out, But do not lose hope of anyone figuring it out. Many thought the language might have come from people hearing an animal and then imitating the sound that the animal made and making a word. But what if these s

Computer Languages By Nicholas Soer Differences in computer languages is a topic that many people are not familiar with. I was one of those kinds of people before I started researching on this topic. There many different computer languages and each one of them are similar in some ways, but are also different in other ways, such as: program syntax, the format of the language, and the limitations of the language. Most computer programmers start programming in languages such as

"Planet of the Apes" James Burroughs is a critic. In his article, "The Fiction of Science Fiction," he expresses his opinion that the movie, "Planet of the Apes," has no value or real meaning for society today. He says it is like other similar science fiction movies made in the 1960s because it is so out-of-date. He seems to feel the only people that would enjoy "Planet of the Apes" are people who have nothing better to do. I disagree with Mr. Burroughs. In the movie, "Planet

More than seven hundred years ago, when the students of la Sorbonne attended a debating session, those young men from different European countries were speaking in Latin, a then dominant language of the educated. Now at the dawn of a new millenium, we are here exchanging our respective views on the impact of English¡ª¡ª a language which is now playing an even larger and much more important role than Latin did in the Middle Ages. With its dominance in almost all the domains of thi

Many people will think of Caribbean Islands as a nice place for a getaway vacation. But historical background of Caribbean is somewhat different. Caribbean has a long history of colonization and slavery for many generations. As new colonization was established, new cultures and languages were introduced. People tends to only focus on the bright side of the Columbus s great discover of the new land and colonization of the European countries and can easily forget about the destruction and the

Some definitions of culture emphasize its basis in meaning. All human activity involves meaning, and this is what distinguishes it from the activity of non-human animal species. Culture, then, arises exclusively from human activity and excludes other species. Meaning presupposes language; in other words language, which is a unique characteristic of humans, at the same time characterizes culture. Culture as Norms and Values A more restricted definition of culture defines it as the values held

Language of Terror When a person is put in an incredibly horrifying situation where the outcome is unpredictable many physical and emotional changes take place. Joyce Carol Oates s story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? places Connie, a typical teenager, in this situation. Throughout the story, occasionally using religious undertones, Connie s language of a typical teenager gradually changes, from calm and somewhat curious to nervous and terrified. Early in the story on a Sunday m

"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality." -- Albert Einstein Mathematics is the language which allows us to turn into reality and determine regular laws. Scince the Rennaissance man has questioned the authority of a theological knowlwdge, and they started to give more importance to the experimental knowledge. The perception of a new world, which the discoveries gave us, put on the line the classic conc

Bilingual Education Imagine being brought up in a family speaking only one language for your entire life and then you had to move to a foreign land where the language is different. If you had a choice of progressively learning this new language over the course of six to nine years or being put into a classroom and have to virtually teach yourself the language by listening to others around you, which would you choose? Late exit bilingual education is a more effective form of bilingual

Davidson's theory of meaning Davidson is following Frege and Russell in defining how language has meaning in terms of extensional rules of composition and reference. The criteria for understanding a sentence is to know the T sentence for that sentence. That is, to know the truth conditions for the sentence. To know the T sentence is to know the extensional conditions which must be for the sentence to be true or false. In every meaningful statement is actually a logical arguement. A

EBONICS Ebonics, also known as Black English, is a nonstandard dialect spoken in many homes in the inner cities of America. This nonstandard language is often looked upon as low-class or lazy talk. This is not the case, however. Due to consistencies found in the dialect, there seems to be an order. It has been found that, when learning English, African-Americans adapted the language using some of the structure and rules of their own native tongue. This Black English has carried on throu

Language is thought of by many people to be a spoken form of communication. Although that is a reasonable definition or explanation, Language is actually any form of communication. It affects all of life in many ways and has been the building block for society since the beginning of mankind. Without language, life cannot go on. Without being able to understand your environment’s aspects, approaches, teachings, or rules in life, you cannot be a part of society. Without society, lif

Mowat’s essay emphasizes Caliban’s significant role in The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Caliban’s character, in relation to Prospero’s, expresses the actual relations between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of settlers and natives, Caliban being the native of the island, and Prospero, the settler. Miranda and Prospero introduce Caliban to the reader as a “villain”, “slave” and even a “tortoise”. Caliban and his mother, Sycorax, a witch, were the only in

When you go home, you walk in your door and if you live with someone, you usually say hello and talk about your day. However, what if you could not talk? How would you convey your messages, by writing them on a piece of paper? I would but you might be different. The shapes you are making on the paper while you write mean something just like how when the Cavemen, the Indians and the Egyptians wrote. However, they used pictures instead of letters and words to represent their objects and acti

Imagine being brought up in a family speaking only one language for your entire life and then you had to move to a foreign land where the language is different. If you had a choice of progressively learning this new language over the course of six to nine years or being put into a classroom and have to virtually teach yourself the language by listening to others around you which would you choose? Late exit bilingual education is a more effective form of bilingual education compared to the Eng

Greek philosophers such as Pythagoras, Plato, and the Stoics believed that language had come into being out of "inherent necessity" or "nature," that man literally could not help developing and using language because it was a part of his very being. The idea was generally discounted, but picked up from time to time. Many primitive people have traditional and mystical views of origins of language as a gift from the gods. Even as late as the 17th century, a Swedish philologist seriously mai

Language in Our Lives Have you ever wondered who taught you to talk the way you do? People learn to talk and express themselves everyday of their lives. Starting from the day you were born you used language or some form of it to communicate with those around you. As a baby you usually show your displeasure with your new surroundings by crying, and if you don’t the doctor will make sure you do. Everyday we express our point of view to others in some form of language. Whether it is thr

Is there any need for foul language in Rap or Hip-Hop music? I believe that when we look at this question the main issue that one must confront is one of content and the use of that content. Any type of music whether it be rap, rock and roll, opera, country, or even Christian music is about expression. Expressing ones ideas and emotions though music is as old as music itself. Take for example the latest craze of Latin music. The vernacular of the people in which the music comes from is

Slang in America For hundreds of years, English has been continuously changing. Words that were unacceptable 100 years ago are now commonplace. English has always had a trademark of being a comfortable language, the language of the common people (MacNeil 143). Change in the grammar and diction of a language is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. Among them are the use of slang, clipped word endings, and new dialects. Some Conservatives do not like changes because they claim

In a world where scientists are incessantly attempting to examine the intelligence of life forms other than humans, linguists have presented the idea that language in itself is reserved strictly for humans. One therefore, must attempt to solve that dilemma and come to a conclusion regarding the question is language unique to humans? If language is viewed solely as a system of communication, then it could be said that many differing species possess the ability to communicate. Humans

English: the Net language For geographical - the US origin of much of the data - as well as practical and economical reasons, English dominates the internet to a considerable extent, excluding the non-English speakers from the vast majority of information sources on the Net. "Language is an additional problem for many Southern countries where English is not the primary language," observes Sally Burch. The language question is keenly felt at present in Latin America, where indigenous inf

I think that Anti-Male bias in the English language is just as widely used as anti-women bias is. There is only one main reason why you don't hear about the anti-male bias as much as you would hear about the anti-women bias. That reason is men don't bitch about it.There is so much talk about how everybody looks down on women. It never fails, you always hear women say men control everything and don't treat women with equal rights and respect. Have you ever heard a man say "Oh I feel so wr

What is Literature? Literature is a broad topic that no one definition can sufficiently define. Although each individual may have his own definition of literature, the definition should be within the "ballpark,"or the realm of reason, and be supported by reasonable evidence. By inspecting different pieces of writing, one will be able to gather adequate support for the definition of literature. Literature can be defined as different forms of writing with notable qualities, consisting of an impa

Voices In my house there is always a constant language barrier. The fact that my mother and father both speak English and Dutch with easy is no big problem. But my father who can speak up to eight different languages seems to have the most problems with it. Form time to time he will use a Portuguese word in place of an English word. It takes patience on my part, which I have very little of, to understand and to let him catch to what his brain is thinking. When he does, he corrects himself and

South Africa is diverse in culture but could be unified in language. English should be South Africa s unifying language. It is necessary to understand what nationhood is, so that you the reader realise that a national language does not alter a nation. It binds the nation. I will also discuss South Africa s diverse cultures and how a unifying language can merge these cultures. Lastly, I will demonstrate the links between language and identity. The concept of a nation is not easily define

Bilingual Education = Unilingual Education Bilingual education in America is a sound idea, but it is not truly bilingual education, it is only bilingual for those who do not already speak English. America is a country with more and more cultures mixing together with different areas of America speaking different languages. In California, Spanish is the dominant language next to English, and in states such as Maine, French is spoken. Other cultures should not be assimilated into mainst

Imagine what it would be like not being able to hear what is going on around you. Most of the people, in this world live in a world of sounds, and these people often take them for granted. Nevertheless, we completely depend on sounds to get through our everyday lives. Although the majority of people in this world can hear the sounds around them, there are people in this world that are not able to hear anything at all. For those that cannot hear and for those that are hearing impaired, t

Introduction to Sociolinguistics In what way BBI 3204 Introduction to Sociolinguistics has help me to understand society and its relationship with language The question that you pose to me was what has this course made me aware of society and its relationship with language. I feel that this question is a more of general, application and personal tone. Therefore I am going to write about my experience and my understanding in relation to this course. First of all, I understand that sociolingu

Today we live in a society that is always changing. This is because of technology. New technology allows us to work faster and better than before. Unfortunately, people have not learned to live together in peace. If I ruled the world, I would try to bring all people together. I would bring them together with a united world government. One government which allowed nations to keep traditions, but united them by law and language. The new government would make some changes. All people wou

Wordsworth's Style Essay submitted by Franny Glass Wordsworth did not write by using lofty, eloquent language, and great issues and personalities as subjects. Unlike his contemporaries, he recognized that good poetry is "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," and therefore nothing along the lines of strait-laced, stoic little old women, or grandiose dining rooms. He wrote of bucolic life: not much was said, but never were the important things left out. Life's most elem

A central argument in contemporary literary criticism remains to be the role of the author. Many theories approach a text with the intention of completely disregarding the author and solely analyzing the text as it exists. However, there are other theories which see the author as an element of larger consquence. The contribution of the individual to the meaning of a text may alter the affect entirely as “Each individual is different, each possesses a unique subjectivity; yet also, p

The Influences of Tolkien The influences of Tolkien are many and great, but of them all, three stand out most; his great love of nature that sprung from his experiences as a youth in the English Countryside, his acute sensitivity and desire to master language, and his involvement in trench warfare in the Great War. Tolkien himself vehemently denied that the war affected his story at all. The real war does not resemble the legendary war its process or conclusion. If I had been inspired or

“Sexism in Language” The overall theme of “Sexism in Language” is how the way we speak, whether it is a conscious realization or not, places women in a position that is subordinate to men. Three main points are brought up in this film. These are: words people use that convey the misguided notion that men are superior to women, how children are socialized into this idea from a very young age, and the change that is taking place within language to equalize the roles of men and

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The courtroom provides an institutionalized setting where social justice is negotiated through the questioning of witnesses. Nearly every turn-to-talk of the counsel contains a question and every turn-to-talk of the witness may or may not supply the information requested. Therefore, in order to get the relevant information from the witness and aiming at getting the information that in flavor to their clients. The counsel uses a variety of questioning techniques which will help them to

Although the novel The Catcher and the Rye is a very controversial novel because of the vulgar language, almost every classic book ever written has created a big controversy at one point in time. Although the vulgarity of the language in the novel is inappropriate, it helps reveal the purpose and theme of which the novel portrays. This book has been steeped in controversy since it was banned in America after it's first publication. John Lennon's assassin, Mark Chapman, asked the former Beatl

Black English Conclusions To the majority of the people we gave this survey to, a lot of them said it sounded like jibberish, but that at certain points it was understandable. They explained that the speaker talks fast, but for the most part are able to catch on to what they are saying. They didn t think that Ebonics should be accepted in today s society to the point that our leaders would be using it when making a speech to the nation. However they said in normal everyday talk, that Eboni

Bilingual Education: Arguments For and (Bogus) Arguments Against by Stephen Krashen University of Southern California Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics May 6, 1999 Introduction It is helpful to distinguish two goals of bilingual education. The first is the development of academic English and school success, and the second is the development of the heritage language. Good bilingual education programs achieve both goals, but my focus in this report

The passage of adolescence has long served as the central theme for many novels, but The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, has captured the energy of this period of life by dramatizing Holden Caulfield's somewhat obscene language and emotional reactions. The Catcher in the Rye deals with an intelligent yet confused teenage boy struggling to see the genuineness in society. During his experiences, Holden tends to use easy, natural, but controversial language to help get his point ac