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340Lecture09 - Lecture 9 Relationship between Language and...

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COM 340 Lecture 9 Relationship between Relationship between Language and Culture Language and Culture
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COM 340 2 Language is one of the main ways by which we send and receive messages. Throughout the world there are some 5,000 different languages. Only 20% have a written form; 80% are only spoken. Our language is a product of our culture, and our culture is a product of our language. The language we speak influences what we see and think, and what we see and think, in part, influences our culture. Therefore, one can not become truly fluent in another language unless he also understands the cultural context in which to use that language. Overview of Language & Culture
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3 From two famous linguists named Benjamin Whorf and his teacher Edward Sapir. The central idea behind their theory, is that language is not merely a tool for reporting experience, but more importantly it is a shaper of ideas . In other words, a language does not merely record and transmit perceptions and thoughts, it actually helps to shape them. Language controls the way we think and
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2010 for the course SOC Soc2957 taught by Professor Anston during the Summer '97 term at Hawaii.

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