How to Tame a Wild Tongue

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Language is more than just a means of communication; it is part of one’s culture, identity, and self-expression. In the essay “How To Tame A Wild Tongue” written by Gloria Anzaldua expresses the dilemma she faced about her own language and how she represents herself through her language. Anzaldua who is a Chicano talks about how Chicanas have problems expressing their feelings, since they lack a native language. Instead it is a product of several languages, and their language Chicano Spanish has incorporated bits and pieces of several versions of spanish. Anzaldua speaks about people who are neither spanish nor live in a country in which spanish is the first language; for a people who live in a country in which English is the reigning tongue but who are not Anglo; for a people who cannot entirely identify with either standard Spanish or standard English. So she emphasizes the importance to have their own language. A language which they can connect their identity to , one capable of communicating the realities and values true to themselves. The Modern Language Association (MLA) provides guidelines for documentation style. This template is based on commonly used guidelines from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (2nd edition). For more information about MLA style and publications, go to the MLA website at: For example, quotations with fewer than four lines of prose or three lines of verse are quoted directly in the sentence. Enclose them in quotation marks, followed by the author’s last name and the page or pages of the source from which you are quoting in parenthesis, for example: “inline quotation here” (AuthorSurname 31). Quotations that are longer than four lines of prose or three lines of verse follow different guidelines. Introduce these quotations with a colon: Start long quotations on a new line. Indent the quote one inch from the left margin. Double-space...