Language Reflects Identity
Language is more than just words. It is a powerful social behavior that speaks volumes about who we are, where we come from and how we relate. Language use can reveal a person’s nationality, culture, age, gender, level of education, socio-economic class or profession. For example, when we claim that the use of language can reveal age, we can offer examples of the slang words or phrases teenagers use, which are very different from what older generations might use. If someone claims to be “mad busy” or “mad tired,” we can safely assume that this person is a member of a young generation. Or, for example, what does it say about a person if he or she says, “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence in English y terminoenespañol”?
I think, we can agree that the language we use, indeed, gives insight to who we are and how we think as individuals because language shapes and contributes to our identity and reflects it. So, explain and give examples how language use reveals who we are. How does language use reflect identity?
You can discuss how people who use more than one language express their multilingual identity.
You can discuss how a monolingual person uses different styles in different contexts (depending to whom the person is talking).
You can discuss and give examples of your own language use or those around you. But, make sure you include specific examples of language use (phrases, expressions, words).