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Language Perception and Thought Introduction This node will explore the association among language perception and thought from a social science perspective. The social science perspective views language through intercultural communication and how language acts on the thought process. There are several hypotheses in this field, including the Sapir-Wharf Theory. It will continue with a closer look at the social science perspective that focuses on the relationship among language perception and thought, and language and meaning, and then it will conclude with the components of language. Learning Materials The relationship between language and thought has been an area of study for centuries. Philosophers like Plato hypothesized a connection between language and reality. Since this time, a number of scholars have continued with this hypothesis on the relationship between reality and language. Sapir-Wharf Hypothesis During the 1930s, the Linguistic Relativity, or Sapir-Whorf’s, hypothesis emerged. It postulates that when language strongly provokes thought, there is a strong interpretation; when language moderately provokes thought, there is a weak interpretation. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is the belief that language functions as a way of shaping someone’s experiences and has changed the way that people today look at the relationship between reality and language. During intercultural communication, people adhere to the connections of their language to communication effectively.
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Interpretation is when a person attaches meaning as a way of decoding a message. During intercultural communication, interpretation can lead to a misunderstanding. The same words can be interpreted differently among different cultures. Language and Perception Culture plays a role on the perception process during intercultural communication. The role of a relationship between how people perceive the world and how they communicate their perceptions has been an area of extensive research. Philosophers and linguists have established a connection between language and perception that is understated, yet important. Most philosophers agree that words shape perception by acting as the instrument by which to experience it, and perception contributes to language through grammar and vocabulary modifications when the native language is inadequate. If someone was raised in the United States, this person would find that there are certain properties of other languages that are difficult to perceive. Because each culture has a unique way of perceiving language, when someone is listening to a speaker, he or she may either not be familiar with certain properties that are being spoken, or these properties may literally not be present. Communicating with someone from a new culture requires listening for new sounds. In English, vowel lengths do not
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