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Dialects Opposed to Languages In the essay titled How to Tame a Wild Tongue Gloria Anzaldua is saying that her language has a lot to do with identity She speaks many different forms of Spanish as well as English and thinks that she is judged by the way she speaks I thought that many of the ways she spoke were more of different dialects than different languages I know I speak a different dialect of English a lot like that aint cool or yo whats up but I would not consider this to be a different language although Anzaldua might Anzaldua is relating these different languages to her identity and I think it is important to distinguish the similarities and differences in them She states And because we are a complex heterogenous people we speak many languages Some of the languages we speak are standard English working class and slang English standard Spanish standard Mexican Spanish North Mexican Spanish dialect Chicano Spanish Tex-Mex and Pachuco 166 I think by heterogenous people she means they have many different attributes and its harder for other cultures to understand them meaning their bacgkrounds and identity rather than laguage Even though she does distinguish some of these to be slang or another dialect I think they could be considered another form of Spanish besides Standard English If I were to look up the word language it might say communication by word or mouth To me this isnt a very convincing definition because if I were to open my mouth and babble about nothing it would be considered speaking a language I believe language is when you speak your own language with the exception of bilingual people and that is how you speak regularly to communicate on a basic level Then there are many different ways of speaking that language to friends family etc that would beconsidered slang a lot of the time Anzaldua seems to speak Spanish and
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