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Analysis of "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?"


This paper will look at the argument presented by James Baldwin in his essay called "If ***** English ***** a *****, Then Tell Me, What Is?." This paper will discuss the logical soundness of the author's case by examining his line of reasoning and his use ***** evidence. Paying attention to writing style, structure of the argument, evidence provided and what is inferred by his ***** of tone; this paper will examine Baldwin's message.

The Author's Argument

***** Baldwin makes ***** argument language itself is not the issue but the role of language ***** its relationship to people in society. Basically his ***** is that language ***** born out *****'s use. He writes, "Language incontestably, reveals the speaker. *****, also, for more dubiously, is meant to define the other" (par. 1). ***** defines "other" as someone "refusing ***** be defined ***** a l*****nguage that has never been able to recognize him" (Baldwin, par.1). Does t***** mean that language applies to people in different ways? That one person using a certain language can totally reject it and invent a new one out of the old? ***** seems to think so ***** continues th***** st*****nce by *****fering a solid ex*****mple. He elaborates *****at people from different French speaking countries use French ********** to a point the French being used has a different context for the setting. "A Frenchman living in Paris speaks a subtly and crucially different language from that of the man living in Marseilles" (Baldwin, par. 2). He uses this element of context to back up his argument about English acting the same way. How does he do this effectively? Could this argument prove ***** element of context applies ***** only ***** nationality but also race?

He believes language acts a universal tool ***** humanity despite the ***** of context. He notes, "What joins all languages, and all men, is the necessity to confront life, in order, not inconceivably, to outwit death" (Baldwin, par. 3). In this regard, he believes with knowledge of language comes power and it ***** be used a pol*****ical tool. He reflects ***** there is a time ********** place for its use, "reveals the private identity, and connects one with, or divorces one from, the larger, public, or communal *****" (Baldwin, par. 3). He explains beca***** ***** is *****ful, using it correctly ***** important and could mean life or ***** in ***** situations.

***** the individual ***** brings to language their style of articulation. He explains his argument also applies to *****. The variations found are less to ***** ***** physical surroundings but more ***** do with class, race and the ***** between the two. He comments that he ********** not "know what white Americans would sound like if there had ***** been any black ***** in the United States, but they ***** not sound the ***** ***** sound" (Baldwin, *****. 4). This only solidifies the idea ***** one language can feed


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