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RWD 1: Teaching to Transgress

In his book Teaching to Transgress, Hook argues that English is the “oppressor’s language” and has taken over multiple vernaculars throughout history. More specifically,  how “the oppressors” used the English language has caused a loss of native dialect. For example, she describes English as the language of “conquest and domination” through listing examples of native tongues that most people have never heard of. In other words, English has essentially caused several languages to die off, and never be spoken again just as Latin. In sum, then, Hook suggests that we should support people to speak in their own vernaculars, and ask for a translation when needed, rather than force English onto people.

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