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Title:Choosing a Voice: Bilingualism and Writing
Author(s):Larson, Stephanie
Abstract:My research question deals with how bilingual people conceptualize their use of the English language keeping in mind their identity as a bilingual speaker. How does our educational system affect primary language use, furthermore, how does this language surface in university life on campus. Because language is inherently tied to identity, when does one language trump the other? How do you decide when to use one language? This topic is extremely relevant given our current state of immigration within the United States. We are a country with no defined mandated language, and while the influx of immigration continues to grow, English often seems to overshadow all other languages that come into this country. Language is how we communicate, think, feel, and move throughout our day to day lives. If immigration continues to grow in rate, should we not be asking the question, how do we maintain the language identity someone brings into this country in conjunction with learning English?
Issue Date:2011-08
Series/Report:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Viera
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-19

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