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Ayesha Sayed

Student, UAEU


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As a trilingual or bilingual, what role does language play in the creation of your identity? Which language do you think in?

I've grown up speaking 3 very diverse languages, I feel that they've created three distinct worlds in me. I find myself moving in and out of not only languages but cultures as well.
What role do languages play in your life? Do you find yourself thinking in more than one language?


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    Jan 6 2012: maybe the question is what role does the creation of your identity take without the influence of any language?
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      Jan 6 2012: That's another fascinating angle to it, what do you think? Who would we be without language?
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        Jan 6 2012: my identity, as it pertains to myself, isn't dependant on language at all and has developed exactly like its supposed to. Language catgorizes, labels and restricts ones true nature. Possible the only global language to come will be a computer derived language that all of humanity uses and is familiar with.
        • Jan 8 2012: English being the newest of spoken languages, is the most spoken global language and is used practically in almost every application daily, be it in business, communication, medicine ect... I cannot see how what we have learnt, in whichever languages of instruction, has not influenced our growth, identity, or how we express our thoughts and ideas

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