Title

The ABCs of Linguistic History

Date

5-30-2013 9:10 AM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Marjory Lange

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Presentation Type

Symposium

Abstract

The piece examines the linguistic history and background of myself and an international student from China through biographical and autobiographical accounts. These accounts indicate that China values English as a second language because of its global significance, whereas the United States places less value on second languages and bilingualism because the common language is already English. This difference affects the role bilingualism plays in constructing our linguistic and cultural identities.

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May 30th, 9:10 AM

The ABCs of Linguistic History

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

The piece examines the linguistic history and background of myself and an international student from China through biographical and autobiographical accounts. These accounts indicate that China values English as a second language because of its global significance, whereas the United States places less value on second languages and bilingualism because the common language is already English. This difference affects the role bilingualism plays in constructing our linguistic and cultural identities.