ANTH 101 Language_and_Thought - Language and Thought No Whorf wasnt in Star Trek Language and Thought Semiotics The study of signs and symbols of all

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Language and Thought No, Whorf wasn’t in Star Trek
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Language and Thought Semiotics – The study of signs and symbols of all kinds, what they mean, and how they relate to the things or ideas they refer to. Linguistic relativity and linguistic determinism – Culture (through language) affects the way we think.
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Semiotics The Theory of Signs
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Saussure’s Theory of the Sign Sign = Linguistic form + Meaning ‘The word cat’ = [kh æ t] +
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Signification ‘The word cat’ = [kh æ t] + SIGN = SIGNIFIER SIGNIFIED
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Signs are Arbitrary
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Types of Sign Symbolic sign The representamen is connected to its object by an arbitrary rule. Iconic The representamen is connected to its object by virtue of physical similarity. Indexical
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Onomatopoeia – [kakodudldu] – [kikiRiki] German – [kokoRiko] French – [kukuku] Spanish – [miauw] – [miauw] German – [meauw] Chinese
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Iconic Signs Which is heavy? Which is light? Lat – Loat Foon – Feen Mobe – Meeb Toos – Tace Fleen – Flen Seeg – Sleeg Poas – Poat Toos – Tood
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Indexical Signs Deictics –This, here, now, tomorrow Personal pronouns –I, you, we, he, she, they Tenses –She ran, she’ll run, she’s running
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Indexical Signs and Social Meaning Language form can also index … o Gender o Social class o Occupational group o Geographical origin o Other social characteristics
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Indexing Gender How do these linguistic forms index gender? o Lexical choice (vocabulary) o Speech acts o Forms of address o Morphology o Grammar o Intonation
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Indexing Gender All Things Considered, April 13, 2001 · The numbers are hard to estimate but as many as 25,000 or even more transgender people live in the United States. For those males redefining themselves as women the voice can be a difficult part of the transition. From member station KUOW in Seattle Cathy
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  • Anthropology, Semiotics, Linguistic relativity, linguistic determinism, American Dialect Society Word

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