Communications - Chapter 3 Notes - Language

Communications - Chapter 3 Notes - Language - Chapter 3...

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Chapter 3 – Language October 27, 2006 World-wide – about 10,000 dialects All share: A collection of symbols governed by rules used to convey messages among humans Language is Symbolic Symbols – “Arbitrary constructions that represent a communicator’s thoughts” We understand the world through these symbols – we think verbally Meanings Meanings are in people; not words Utterances have no meaning in themselves; we attach meaning What does the Christian Cross mean? Confederate Flag? American Flag? Triangle of Meaning By Ogden and Richards Meanings are “social constructions” Controversial Words: Niggardly (means stingy) Feminism Conservative Liberal Love Language Has Rules Phonological – sound Syntactic – structure Semantics – meaning (men/women) Pragmatics – interpretation “You look like today”, “I love…” Definitions Denotative – dictionary Connotative – personal, cultural, societal
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