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Chapter One Notes - Chapter One Notes: Introduction to...

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Chapter One Notes: Introduction to Communication as Culture I. Culture Culture is a “historically transmitted pattern of meanings embodied in symbols, a system  or inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic form by means of which humans  communicate, perpetuate, and develop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life.”  –Geertz A. Culture is Learned a. Everything is acquired through imitation, trial and error, and positive  reinforcement b. Learning simultaneously occurs in several systems of language: i. Phonologic: The child learns to perceive and produce phonemes (minimal  sound units of meaning--/g/o  vs.  /n/o) ii. Semantic: Child acquires minimal units of meaning, morphemes (chair vs.  chairs) iii. Syntactic: Grammar…acceptable combinations iv. Morphophonemic: Spelling, rules for the combination of certain  morphemes and phonemes, and how these might affect meaning (electric 
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2008 for the course COMMRC 0300 taught by Professor Parker during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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