you are what you think

Please read through the assignment carefully and do the work as it required.
1. Read the article attached "You Are What You Speak."
2. Using the various examples (Whorf, Bali boy, Chinese/Native American/French/German/Matses languages, Guugu Yimithirr) as evidence from "You Are What You Speak,” agree or disagree with the writer, Guy Deutscher, who claims that our mother tongue is NOT "a ‘prison house’ that constrain[s] our capacity to reason."

3. You are required to research using the EBSCO database. To access it, go to this link ( ) and enter user name: czhang3 and password: 5802310710lulu; then go to Search All EBSCO Host databases > Student Research Center. (Note: You may use ALL the databases available in EBSCO, not just the SRC. Experiment with changing search criteria, databases, etc. Your gaining experience with these research tools is an intended component of this writing assignment.) Search the various examples listed above (Whorf, Bali boy, et al) for more information about them, and follow other leads to help you find further evidence that augments your thesis.

4. MLA format: Name / class / date / assignment (the heading) in upper left corner; last name and page number (the header) in upper right corner; title centered before start of intro paragraph. Use Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced, standard margins.
5. Essay itself should be a minimum of 4.5 pages long. It will have an intro, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. The intro must introduce your topic, give a brief background, and give a thesis stating your position on the subject. The body paragraphs should each open with a transition and/or a topic sentence. They will contain quotations from the article and from your online sources.
6. Stylistically, your conclusion may be a synthesis of your earlier points into a final revelation; it may offer a final, coup de grace argument; it may challenge the reader; it may answer a question raised in the intro; it may ponder the future of this issue; it may contain your personal opinion about the issue, and why that opinion is relevant. You’re real writers now–you’ve learned the art of rhetoric, and now you are free to exercise your intelligence as you see fit.
7. At end of essay will be "Works Cited," which will include your references–not only the article, but also at least three sources from EBSCO. You may of course have additional references pulled from other sources or search engines (e.g. the public library, Google).
8. Submit this essay (one draft only) to the proper folder in
Other comments on the composition:
• At the end of your intro, be sure to give a clear, decisive thesis sentence stating what your essay will prove.
• Lay out clearly your case–here’s what GD/Whorf/etc. write, here’s what I’m arguing.
• Each body paragraph should forge a clear connection to thesis.
• Use transitions and topic sentences at the start of each body paragraph.
• Proofread your drafts carefully–should be no spelling, grammar mistakes at Eng 102 (UC-transfer) level.

• If you need grammar help then ask in the Qs for Davis forum.
• Must integrate sources and quotations into the body paragraphs.
• This is an argumentative paper that relies on evidence gleaned from research; it is not a summary of GD’s article.
• 4.5 pages long means at least 5 pages of content without Works Cited, not 4 pages.
• Avoid abstract, confusing language.
• When you write, even when being playful, consider that you are undertaking a serious intellectual exercise. Dedicate yourself to writing well.
• Use an outline during prewriting.
• If you need grammar help then ask.
• Essays are often underwritten. They set minimal internal goals, and sometimes don’t achieve even those. Why not do the maximum?

"You Are What You Speak" rubric:
/2 Format (font, margins, spacing, heading, header, MLA)
/5 Diction, argumentation, use of " "s, EBSCO sources integrated/cited
/4 Organization (opening, thesis, transitions, topic sentences), 4.5-pg min, Works Cited
/4 Grammar, punctuation, spelling, mechanics, syntax

I’ve also attached a hand-out explaining the Toulmin Model. Although I don’t mandate that you apply it, the Toulmin Model is a thinking mode that can inform both how you read and how you write, and may be especially useful for this week’s essay. It is rather complicated. Let’s look briefly at its components here:
• Claim = what is argued for; the thesis.
• Grounds = evidence supporting the claim.
• Warrant = transitions or chain of logic showing HOW the grounds support the claim; often framed as generalization, analogy, sign, causality, authority, or principle.
• Backing = your justification for why you chose that warrant (sounds confusing, I know!).
• Rebuttal / reservation = exceptions or counter-arguments to your claim or grounds or warrants.
• Qualification = giving limits to the breadth of your claim, grounds, warrant.

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