Ch_20 - Company LOGO COMD 2050 Chapter 20 Language and...

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Company LOGO COMD 2050 Chapter 20: Language and culture
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Culture Socially acquired knowledge In order to use words we must have a conceptual system that includes all people, things and ideas as identifiable categories. EX: snow, weekend
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Linguistic determinism Developed in the 1930s Linguistic determinism : we can only think in the categories provided by our language Thought is determined by categories available in a language Eskimos and snow Linguistic relativity : we think about the world using categories provided by our language
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Linguistic determinism If linguistic determinism were true, language change would be impossible. We don’t inherit a fixed set of patterns to use. We are discovering new things all the time, and if language determined thought, we would not be able to accept and think about new things because there would not be any new words for them.
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Linguistic determinism Words and phrases are being coined all the time to label and describe things that are discovered. It seems more appropriate to say that language changes to accommodate thought and ideas, not the other way around.
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2010 for the course COMD 2050 taught by Professor Collins during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Ch_20 - Company LOGO COMD 2050 Chapter 20 Language and...

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