Analysis of excerpt
Across the globe, communication is one of the integral aspects that enable interaction among people. Though communication is important, the language used by people should be understandable and simple. It should be noted that English language has different versions depending on the place, country or people speaking it. For instance, the excerpt from Push by Sapphire has used Pidgin English. This is the English that develops as a means of communication where the people in interaction do not have a common language (Sakoda and Jeff 31). The level of English used in the excerpt is different from Standard English in several ways. To begin with, the structure of the sentences is not correct. For instance, the structure of the sentence “Boy say I’m laffing ugly”. In Standard English, the structure of the sentence would be “The boy says I’m laughing ugly”. Secondly, the language used in the excerpt is different from Standard English in terms of the spellings used. For example, Standard English dictates that “laughing is the correct world and not “laffing”. The other difference is that the Standard English is polite and uses no abusive words unlike the language used in the excerpt which uses abusive words such as “fat bitch”.
Undoubtedly, with the language and structures used in the excerpt, the narrator can be portrayed as a functional illiterate African American teenager. It should be noted that the language that the narrator has used has been widely affected by her age and literacy. For instance, the use of the words “…that fat bitch…” portrays that the narrator is a teenager. Illiteracy comes out in her language use because of the poor structure of the language used. No matter the type of English, good structural arrangement of words is vital (Sakoda and Jeff 52). However, in her case, she carelessly places words. For example, “Where your mother born” and “I never been nowhere” are poorly structured sentences. The African American language does not guarantee an individual to use poorly structured and organized English sentences, hence, the African American language as the province of the uneducated.
Sakoda, Kent, and Jeff Siegel. Pidgin Grammar: An Introduction to the Creole Language of Hawai’i. Honolulu: Bess press, 2003. Print.