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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6: Language as a Barrier – September 29, 2009 Main Objective: • To explain: o The relationship between language and culture o How translation problems impede intercultural communication o Ways of communicating when language is not shared o Language as nationalism • To define the: o Three levels of language o Three language universals • Compare and Contrast: o Elaborated and restricted codes o Cross-cultural communication styles • Language as nationalism o “a nation is the totality of people who speak the same language” –Grimm o Norway -- Norse o Israel -- Hebrew o I reland -- Gaelic • Linguistic imperialism (forcing people to adopt a language) What is language?: • A set of arbitrarily agreed upon symbols • Shared by a group of people • For the purpose of communication • Language is directly related to culture • Language brings people together • Language reflects ideas, objects, values Overview : • Sapir-Whorf hypothesis links language and culture • Fundamental structure of language and the notion of a universal grammar • Shared universals of language across cultures •...
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course CSD 315L taught by Professor Harris during the Fall '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '09