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chapter 4 notes - Chapter4 Worldofwords

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Chapter 4 World of words  Words are  symbols - arbitrary, ambiguous, abstract representations of other phenomena  Symbols are  arbitrary- words are not intrinsically connected to what they represent  o Ex: “book” has no natural connection the actual book o We agree on the fact that certain symbols refer to certain things  o Language is  dynamic   - can change over time Symbols are  ambiguous -what they mean isn’t clear-out o Ex: “good friend” can be someone to hang out with OR someone to confide in o Ex: “affordable” could mean different things to different people Symbols are  abstract -they are not concrete or tangible o Could happen through over-generalization (ex: you ALWAYS interrupt me) Principles of verbal communication  Language and culture reflect each other  o The words of a language reflect what the mainstream in a culture regards as 
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course SPE HON 1025C taught by Professor Kesheshian during the Spring '10 term at St. John's.

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