CMS EXAM TWO STUDY GUIDE

CMS EXAM TWO STUDY GUIDE - CMS EXAM TWO STUDY GUIDE Chapter...

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CMS EXAM TWO STUDY GUIDE Chapter 9: the importance of language 1. What is the definition of language? Language is a socially shared system of representation that employs arbitrarily assigned symbols and rule-governed combinations of those words Language is a socially shared system o It is share-able: understood and shared by a social group o Its separate parts function because they work together o Able to recognize moments when its not working o The systematic, socially shared working of language allows us to see the sentence, read it, and understand that is does not work within shared system of English Language is arbitrary o A sign is two faced: part of which faces inward and part of which faces outward 1. Signifier: word or picture or sumbol used to represent the signified 2. Signified: idea, object, color, thing o It is doubly arbitrary 1. Denotation of a word: Meaning is arbitrarily assigned to symbols (words) comprising language; the given noted, definition of a word 2. Connotation of a word: words usually carry other arbitrary meanings; various meanings and ideas that are associated with words Language is symbolic o C onventional symbols : arbitrary vehicles of meaning that carry and convey the denotations of wrds 1. Beauty to arbitrarisness: a small set of sounds and symbols can be used
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2009 for the course CMS 313 taught by Professor Kee during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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