This article is written in the perspective of the author and her experiences with living in and speaking the language of an area where she is not “native”.
One point she brings up in this article focuses around some of the inequality that is shown when she speaks this language or is around her older in-laws who are native. One example she talks about is when she is staying in a hostile with her husband and his grandparents and how she and her husband are placed in a room that is not good and may have even been more of a closet. When this is brought up to someone in the hostile, they say that the specific room she is in was meant for the grandparents as to the person in the hostile, they may not have seemed as privileged as the author and her husband. Before this issue occurs, she mentioned how when she is traveling with her husband she is treated respectively she says: “… in Bolivia, we cultivate the signs of the urban middle class” (Babel), however, when out with people such as her husband’s grandparents, they are not treated with the same attention.
This is fascinating and troubling. The way they were treated when around natives of the area was not nearly as kind as when the author and her husband were by themselves. This is a clear instance of judgement as people are treating people they don’t know poorly because they appear to be in a lower class. It is because of things like this that I can assume a lot of problems are caused and if people were more aware of their actions and how this divide is effecting people, it may cause people to be more open-minded and kinder to one another.
This is a subject that has a great possibility for more anthropological studies as inequality, as much as we dont want it to, does still divide people as supported in this article.
Babel, Anna M. “On Being a Near-Native Speaker.” Anthropology-News. Anthropology-News, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2015. <http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/12/19/on-being-a-near-native-speaker/>.
Link to Article: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2014/12/19/on-being-a-near-native-speaker/
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