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For this assignment, you are to write a linguistic autobiography that connects y



For this assignment, you are to write a linguistic autobiography that connects your experience as a user of one or more American language (this includes ANY language that you may know or speak) to concepts covered throughout this course. Think about how your experience as a speaker/signer of a language (or languages) has been formed and about who or what has been part of this formation. You should contextualize your experiences in the larger social setting and explore how these experiences have shaped your own attitudes about language.Requirements:A thesis statement which connects your personal language experiences to at least one topic we have discussed in class.Develop the body of the paper connecting it to your topic and thesis statement – develop your thesis and how that relates to at least three concepts covered in class.A well-integrated reference to at least three academic sources (These should include concepts from the class readings, discussions, and lectures (do not cite lectures as they are not academic sources)).Correct use of terms from class when appropriate (e.g., language shift, Three-Generation Rule, linguistic discrimination, mutual intelligibility, overt/covert prestige, diglossia, etc…)The paper should be clearly written (in APA(Links to an external site.)format), proofread, and no longer than 750If you submit a paper that does not address the above criterion or is not an autobiography you will most likely receive a grade no higher than 59% for this assignment.Thesis statement:The thesis statement is the point of your paper; it should summarize how your personal experience relates to course concepts. It should be clear, concise, and the body of your paper should support and connect to it.References:The references should be to academic sources i.e.: material we read or watch in class, or other academic papers (not Wikipedia or Google). Do not cite lecture slides – You should cite primary sources. This can include any of the course readings or other academic/scholarly articles or publications. If the reference is a non-academic source, like a video about language attitudes or a blog post about Chicano English, you should justify its use i.e.: “This quote is representative about attitudes towards Chicano English”. You do not need to cite the terms we learned in class unless you are referencing a particular reading or directly quoting a given author.

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