Personal Language Poem Analysis

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This essay will account for my personal language poem within the wider constitution of Socio-linguistics. It will draw on Rosina Lippi-Green’s, “English with an accent” chapter one ,( Lippi-Green, 1997), with emphasis on two specific arguments that I intend to focus on, namely; ‘The relationship between ones language and social identity’ and ‘who claims authority over language decisions’, (Lippi-Green, 1997). This essay will also account for various themes of language, namely; ‘the mixture of ones language in relation to social constructs’. This is accentuated in the language poem on an individual account, however it is also a largely universal theme concerning language. These themes will also be placed on a more systematic timeline of language,…show more content…
“My language; my Foundational security, without it, who knows who I would be”. This point is a reiteration of a universal concept linked to language; namely, the value that humanity places on language almost unconsciously in order to give them a sense of meaningful individual and cultural identity in and amongst the world. Also generally there is the value the world places as a whole on language. There are various stigmas attached to different spoken languages and the people who are connected to them. This refers to one of the most controversial topics of racism but also to the variations of languages; as referenced by Lippi-Green, “How did the idea of a perfect, unchanging language become so instilled?” (Lippi-Green, 1997). In connection with this, there are various properties of language regarded as preferred ways of speaking; such as the Standard language and its Ideology, for example standard American English is believed by prescriptivism, to be an ideological model for foreign students to learn English. Although, as displayed categorically by Lippi-Green, “All spoken languages are equally capable of conveying a full range of ideas and experiences, and of developing to meet new needs as they arise”(Lippi-Green, 1997). I have experienced many different variations of the English language, by me and around me, and it seems an arbitrary and…show more content…
Intuitively, one might assume that there was language formations prior to this date. Critically, one can respect that prescriptivism holds an essential infrastructure in the formation and structure of language. Thus, in discussion of the individual constructs of one’s language and the Social construct of language as a whole, there are compelling reasons for the acceptance of individual variations of language but also reasons to accept that language has an ideology for a purpose, namely; to retain its grammatical function and logical structure. To conclude, this essay locates my personal account of language within the wider discussion of Socio-linguistics. It presents validating reasons to recognize that although personal variation of language is primary, one must also adhere to certain preliminary requirements of
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