How to Tame a Wild Tongue (My Native Tongue (Ethnic Identity ( (Need to…
How to Tame a Wild Tongue
My Native Tongue
"The struggle of borders is our reality still"
"Nos quieren poner candados en la boca." pg 24
"When other races have given up their tongue we've kept ours"
"For me food and certain smells are tied to my identity, to my homeland"
Need to preserve (patient and stubborn)
genres: dialogue , narrative, story, sayings, academic discourse, quote,
"I was supposed to teach " American" and English literature." pg 26
Culture / Background
Not allowed to speak your language in certain areas.
Hold back/ lost
"we are constantly exposed to the Spanish of the Mexicans, on the other side we hear the Anglos' incessant clamoring so that we forget our language." pg 27
Values/ Beliefs/ Family
Put to silence
Terrorism regarding the "true" Spanish speakers against the Chicano Spanish speakers
"By the end of this century English, and not Spanish, will be the mother tongue of most Chicanos and Latinos"
Don't feel threatened by each other... English speakers are after you
Chicanos would rather not talk to latinos because they felt they would be judged
Chicano= less formal and uneducated
"And because we internalize how our language has been used against us by the dominant culture, we use our language differences against each other"
Differences in Chicano and Spanish culture creates rising tensions between each other
Can't see that English is slowly becoming more dominant
Anglo Americans use our own language against chicanos.
Chicanos and Mexicans attack each other because of their language difference.
Separates latino communities even more.
"Chicano Spanish is a boarder language"
The Spanish language is a mixture of different languages (French, English, and German)
"F" is pronounced as a "J" Ex. Fue, jue
No vosotros or its accompanying verb form
The Spanish language has evolved to collapsing two adjacent vowels to single syllables
Overcoming the Silence
"Language is a male discourse"
In their culture , socially, people were treated by their " class" or "rank". Women in this case did not have much power or control in these cases.
"En boca cerrada no entran moscas"
"Mal Crada" looked down upon when questioning
Talking back is very disrespectful in their culture