Complete exercise about language 'beliefs'
Language ideologies are simply ideas that people have about languages (how do you learn
languages, which languages are easier, what language is prettier) This is knowledge that is
not scientific. It is 'folk' knowledge that helps an individual interact within a culture. These
ideologies are what makes our own culture's language.
For example, it is implicit and unconsciously but it is believed that baby talk evolved
because children need it to learn their language. This is NOT true.
It is also not universal cross culturally. It is not needed.
1. English is more difficult to learn than other languages. = If you believe this, do
you slow down when speaking to someone who is learning English as a second
language? IF English is so difficult to learn, do you think of those that learn English as
a second language must be smarter for having learned it? Usually not. The language
ideologies do not translate into our behaviour patterns. Why is this important? This
reflects upon how we study language ideologies. The answer is: it is relative. It
depends on how close it is to your mother tongue and how similar is it. Studies show
that if you are immersed in an environment 24/7 for three months where there is a
different oral language (16-18 years old), they will be verbally fluent to live within that
1. Children should not start learning a second language before they've fully
mastered their first. = Not true.
1. Ideally, everyone should have a second language.
1. German is a gutteral, ugly sounding language. We have all kinds of cultural
ideologies regarding other languages.
1. If everyone in the world spoke English then the world would be a simpler,
better place. Yet...if you believe that people should speak a second language and it
should be English …. The two ideologies do not fit.
1. Most countries in the world today have a single national language. TRUE.
There are 6,000 languages in the world and only 195 countries so there are obviously
many languages in countries.
1. Most people in the world speak only one language. TRUE. Single language
speakers are rare on a global level.
1. People who don't know how to read and write don’t really know their
language. We think of someone who is illiterate as 'not smart'. This statement is not
1. Some languages are better suited to modernity than others.
1. Texting, slang and the like are ruining English. No...just evolving.
1. There are languages that have no grammar. If it is language, it has a
grammar. Yet we still believe that there are languages that have no pattern or even
stating that they are not language. Many Native languages were viewed as this by
European viewpoints of language. For any language, there has to be a set of rules.
You cannot use or learn chaos. If there is no specific way of using it, you could not communicate. All dialects also have a grammar and a specific set of rules. Because
they are different than the standard language does not mean that they are wrong but
that they are different.
Language ideoology - wha