What argument is Tan making here about language and its connection to our identity in "Mother Tongue"? What strategies does she use to make this argument? What motivates her to make such an argument?
Tan is making the argument in "Mother Tongue" that she became a better writer when she began to use both the types of English she spoke to write books her mother could understand. Tan grew up speaking the formal acrolect of English she learned at school and the more vivid, less correct variety her mother used. Tan uses points from her personal life and from her work to show that there is no need to separate one's language and identity.
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