The American Language - Study Guide Chapter 6.4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 6.4 Summary

The writer begins a discussion of foreign influences by delivering the data of the period to show how the extent of influences from the outside is often underestimated. He avers that because of the thousands of new aliens, most of who do not bring English with them and most of who are not understood by natives, a constant pressure is exerted upon English in America. At the same time, English benefits from the influences of foreigners and foreign languages. While the English will accept the loan words less readily, Americans tend to bring enthusiasm and quicker acceptance to new words. Despite the emphasis on the impact of foreigners on American, he also notes, the foreigners face equally important challenges of assimilating and adopting their new language.

Chapter 6.4 Analysis

The author impresses upon readers the importance of foreign impact on American English. He cites the statistics, which include...

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