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Brant 1 Matt Brant Professor Jan Rieman English 1101-010 April 25, 2013 Overall I feel that my paper

is great. I have gone back and done a bit of revising and editing it and now I have managed to make the paper a masterpiece. This is the final product of my Students’ Right to Their Own Language in Three Genres paper and I am fully satisfied with the work that I have conducted on this piece. Three Genres, Yet Unlimited Possibilities All throughout the vastly diverse country we live in, the way people talk and communicate tends to widely vary both in genre and dialect. As you travel to different parts of the country, you can easily pick up on the different dialects people speak. The numerous dialects all depend upon where in the country you may be. For example, if you’re down in the south, people will tend to talk with a southern draw and use words like “y’all”. But on the other hand, up north you would never hear someone saying “y’all” and they would speak in a much different way, having a northern accent instead. Not only do different dialects exist based upon where in the country you are, but they also change depending upon who is speaking and where in the world they are originally from since people often come from various cultures around the world to start a new life here in America. Not only do dialects differ, but genres do as well. The genres that people use, usually change depending solely upon who their intended audience may be. For example, it is obvious that one would go about using a much different genre when trying to portray a message to their friends than they would in trying to get that same point across to an academic audience such as a

Brant 2 teacher. Not only does the way you talk change from one audience to another, but also the way in which you go about presenting the information. With all of this being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with people using different dialects and genres throughout their daily lives. In fact, I would actually encourage that society learns to accept these basic facts and learns to appreciate the diversity that we claim to be so proud of here in America. In conjunction with thus proposed idea, I find it nothing short of necessary to use a few different genres myself in order to make my point and speak my message to all people including those in an academic context, my social sphere or group of friends, as well as to the general public as a whole so that hopefully by doing so, everyone will hear the message and understand the importance of it. Often when speaking to people employed in the academic profession, judgment towards the way students speak, write, act, etc. are thrown around like a hot potato. Due to this set back toward an academic audience, plus the fact that they are highly educated and have a firm belief in the ways that they teach, a professional approach has to be taken in order to successfully convey the message to them. In order to do this, I feel that using a highly intellectual form of writing that is very formal and proper should be used. Using such genre would not only allow an teachers and professors to clearly understand the purpose of Students’ Right to Their Own Language, but also please them in the fact that conveying the message was done in a very proper and correct manner to fit their needs. The following is what I felt would serve as a very appropriate genre to use to get this message across to them: “The Conference on College Composition and Communication stepped out on a ledge and came to the general consensus that under the First Amendment Right’s which include a citizen’s Freedom of Speech, students were entitled to the right of having their own language including but not limited to different variations and patterns amongst it. This right is also extended to any dialects in which personal identity is

Brant 3 found. It is known to be a myth that such a standard American dialect is in existence. This being the case, no particular social group holds any clear dominance over others, making it unacceptable for anyone to make a claim that any one dialect is wrong. Being a nation that takes such pride in its vast diversity and cultural variety, it is our duty to treat the heritage of dialects like an exhibit at a historical museum and carefully preserve it. As a result, it should be required by law that teachers are to acquire the proper training and experiences needed in order to develop a deep respect for diversity and in turn support the ideal of students having the right to any language they may so choose.” Speaking to an academic audience, this professional formality does a fine job of including all of the ideas that are defined in the resolution and does not leave anything of any importance out that should have been included. In this professional statement, the ideas are organized to appear strong and solid in a way that is formal, and ironically enough uses a standard American English format with a high level of formality. The organization of the professional statement does not necessarily give priority or higher importance to any particular idea because being in an academic context, all of the information explaining the standpoint taken on this statement is included. The professional statement is in a paragraph format due to the amount of information that is involved in it. It is composed in size twelve Times New Roman font, and is also double spaced. Based on serving the purpose of being directed towards an academic context, such conformity is expected and necessary in order to appear professional. The sentences that make up this professional statement tend to be rather long and winding, giving it an intellectually interesting aspect. In reaching out to an academic audience, I found this professional statement to be the more efficient and beneficial genre to use. This is the case because academic writing tends to be

Brant 4 very formal and proper, generally following that of a standard American English format. I also found it to be very appropriate that I wrote it in this way because of the irony that goes along with it considering the fact that the topic of discussion or the point being made is that no particular dialect or format is considered to be correct, yet the entire document of Students’ Right to Their Own Language is written in this conformed standard American English. It’s funny how something as simple as to whom you’re talking to can make such a big difference in the way that you talk. This can also be true in regards of where you’re talking or writing. For example, above was how I would get the point across to an academic audience such as teachers and professors, by way of formal writing in a professional statement. Yet on the other hand to my friends and peers, I might write a Facebook post per say, and it would look something like this:

Brant 5 As I speak to my friends and fellow peers, the Facebook post is quite different than that of the professional statement that was intended for an academic audience. Though this is quite obvious to realize, the Facebook post still manages to include basically all of the ideas that are of importance and need to be touched on, including the main underlying principle that no dialect or form of language is considered to be incorrect. It also points out the importance of teachers and how they are going to have to learn and gain experience to be respectful and more accepting of the difference in dialects. The only thing that the post leaves out is that the claim that any one dialect is unacceptable leads to false advice for speakers and writers and immoral advice for humans as a whole. The ideas in the Facebook post are organized basically in the same way they are in the resolution, as well as in the professional statement that I created for the academic audience. By organizing the ideas in this way, it provides a clear explanation of where exactly they stand on the issue of students’ having the right to their own language, and then it progresses further to tell what still needs to be done in order for it to become a completely resolved issue by implementing it on the teachers’ end. With the post is a picture of me, my name, the time it was posted, and the location it was posted from. In this post, the language that is used is southern slang English. Using this language, the word choice is not very formal at all. In fact, it is rather extremely laid back and lacks formality as a whole. Honestly this is not at all how I talk nor type when I talk to my friends and post things on social media but I felt that by doing so it gave a much better representation of differentiating between genres. In this post, sentences aren’t usually short, but they also aren’t long. Most of the time when using this genre sentences are slightly winding and about medium length. In order to achieve the task of getting the message out to my friends and peers, I feel that this genre using a Facebook post was definitely the best way to go with it. This would be

Brant 6 because communicating through text messaging, I would literally have to send out hundreds of texts in order to effectively get through to all of my friends and peers when all I had to do was post it once and hundreds of people will now be able to view it and read it and get the point. In comparison to other social networks, I felt that doing a Facebook post was the most beneficial because with Twitter, I would be limited to only a hundred and forty characters and that would definitely not be anywhere near enough to make my point. On the other hand, I could have written it out and taken a picture of my writing and posted it on Instagram, but I know that I have way more friends on Facebook than I have followers on Instagram, therefore the decision was clear that a Facebook post was ultimately the best method of execution in getting the message out there to my friends and peers. Most challenging of all was coming up with a good effective genre that would allow me to get the message across to the public in an efficient manner. Thinking of things that would catch people’s attention, I thought of making some sort of advertisement about Students’ Right to Their Own Language, and here’s what I came up with:

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When trying to express such a vast idea to the public world with millions of people, I had one heck of a task to fulfill. In attempting to do so, I used an advertisement billboard. With a

Brant 8 billboard, the concept that you have the right to talk however you please and that you should exercise your right are all things that are included. On the other hand, with the billboard, it leaves out that the myth of a standard American dialect having any validity has been denied. It also leaves out that it is wrong to say that any dialect is not right and that there isn’t a particular dialect that is dominant. Nor does it mention anything about teachers needing to be trained to respect and accept diversity in students’ languages. The ideas on this billboard are organized in a very simplistic manner so that it allows for the viewer to get the point immediately and fully understand it. This billboard is formatted similar to any advertisement, having a picture in the middle, with wording above and below the picture in order to try and sell the viewer on the idea. The language that is used on this billboard is very basic in the sense that it doesn’t say much but is clearly understandable and only uses formal wording. With an advertisement, there aren’t really sentences, I would consider them to be more like short statements that are meant to attract the eyes and be easily understandable. Right off of the bat I knew that it couldn’t be a very long or complicated means of communicating the message to the public because let’s be honest, people have very busy lives and don’t have the time, nor the patience to sit there and read a paragraph about something that they’ve never heard of before, and quite frankly it’s not going to be very interesting to them. So I felt that doing the advertisement served the purpose of getting the message across to the public in a very effective manner because it was short, sweet, simple, and to the point and easy for people to understand. On top of this, it wasn’t a long drawn out boring communication of the issue. By using this genre, it easily caught people’s attention and automatically got them hooked so that they would read it and as a result, understand the message.

Brant 9 As you can see, there are many different dialects that people use all throughout the country on a daily basis, all of which are based upon where they are from. Saying one person’s dialect is wrong would be like saying that you had to be born in a certain area and only the people from that area would be considered “dominant” or normal. That simply just isn’t the right way to handle the situation. No dialect is wrong, they are all just different and society needs to start viewing diversity as a very good thing because it is in fact quite a good thing. Not only are there an infinite number of different dialects all around the country, there are also numerous genres in which people can write and speak. The different genres vary depending on who the intended audience is and what the writers’ purpose is. No matter what genre you use to explain it, the overall underlying message of Students’ Right to Their Own Language is that it doesn’t make one bit of difference how you say it or in what genre you use to say it, what truly matters is what is actually being said.