CMN 105 Lecture - Plastic Words

CMN 105 Lecture - Plastic Words - Plastic Words Book:...

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Plastic Words Book : Plastic Words: The Tyranny of a Modular Language , by Uwe Poerksen. Translated from German into English by Jutta Mason and David Cayley This book is about how ordinary language is changing in a unique and disturbing way. This book critiques what the author refers to as the ________________________________________________ . ____________________________________ is language that has been created within a specific context or locale by the people who actually experience that which the language refers to. ____________________________________ is “given” to a culture and is created from some other place or realm that is separate from and possibly alien to the culture’s everyday and historical vernacular. Distribution of languages Pyramid #1 5103 languages are spoken in the world (Barbara Grimes). Those languages are distributed as follows: Asia = 30% Africa = 30% Pacific region = 20% American continent = 16% Europe = 1% (there are only 67 different languages spoken in Europe) Pyramid #2 45% of the population speak five languages —Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian, and Hindi 60% of the population speak twelve languages—the above, plus German, Japanese, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, French, and Italian __________ of the population speak __________ languages. __________ of the population speak __________ languages Implication of the distribution of languages o There is a _________________________________________________ in the most powerful nations (meaning that people are more and more thinking in similarities, rather than differences) o Monocultures are _________________________ and overwhelming the globe. o The most powerful nations extinguish (by replacing) languages, thus extinguishing cultures with it. (Losing the profound differences of individual cultures.) o The most powerful nations are the drivers of ______________________________. 1
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Pyramid #3 Three dozen, 36 words, are being spoken everywhere: political speeches, board meetings, academic conferences, business consultations, media, private conversations. For the first time in history there are indications of a universal language. This language is being generated from a top-down manner versus the more natural bottom-up manner. How is this happening? _________________________ —The commonly used everyday speech that forms most of public discourse as well as private conversations. It is NOT the professional languages of the sciences. It is ordinary, context-based, colloquial language. _________________________ —An arena of concept and language development that is characterized by: The ____________________ The _____________________ , and The _______________________ The scientist tries to move from concrete observation to generalizability. The scientist seeks scope. The scientist conceptualizes from a higher plateau, away from
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