Friday, April 27, 2007

Language survey

This is a squirmy topic for me, as I am still trying to figure out what exactly I want to learn from delving into issues of difference, entitlement, access, culture, and communication as they relate to language. I appreciate all of your time and energy in participating in this survey; answers can be as short or as long as you like (I love related stories). You can either post your answers on the blog or email them to me: I will give you due credit once the piece that evolves from this research reaches its final form.

1. What was your first language? What is your most fluent language now?
2. Growing up, what language(s) did you hear regularly?
3. Do you speak the same language(s) as your family?
4. Do you speak other languages? If so, which ones? When and why did you learn them?
5. Have you traveled alone to places where you did not speak the language? What was that experience like?
6. Have you traveled to places where you did not speak the language, but were accompanied by someone who did? What was that experience like?
7. Have you ever had to translate for someone else? What was that experience like?
8. How do you feel when you are in a situation with someone who does not share a language with you? What do you do to communicate?
9. Have you ever developed a language (written or spoken) with someone, whether as a child or in adulthood?
10. Have you ever been forced to learn a language? How did that go?
11. Do people ever assume that you can/cannot speak a particular language based on the way that you look?
12. How do you feel when speaking a language other than the dominant language of a particular place in public?
13. How much of your identity is caught up in the language(s) you use?
14. Are you a musician in any capacity?

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