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CMN 105 Lecture # 1 Introduction and Meaning What we learn in 105 The nature of language . The quality and character of symbolic expression and the relationship between symbolic expression and meaning, meaning and action. The functions of language . The “work” language does for us. How we use language to fulfill intentions and to achieve practical and social goals. The pitfalls and challenges of symbolic expression . How language can be ambiguous, misleading, and reinforcing of inaccurate assumptions. How we as receivers can be more critical consumers of language and how senders can be more precise, accurate, and trustworthy in their language use. How language influences social change . The role of communication in changing (or maintaining) the status quo. The “miracle of language”. We come to appreciate the incredible power of language in shaping everything we call human experience. Semantics and Pragmatics: The study of how we acquire meaning through linguistic knowledge (Semantics) and context (Pragmatics). Semantics is influenced by Linguistics and Pragmatics by Philosophy.
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