sig stat 2 - Rebecca Richardson February 21, 2011 IAS 220 T...

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Rebecca Richardson February 21, 2011 IAS 220 T TH 5-6:15pm Significant Statistics #2 Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain. -National Geographic January 2011 I think this statistic is important because I am huge believer in culture and language is an undeniable aspect of any culture. This perhaps happens to be a belief that stems from my major, Sociology, and other courses I have taken here at BYU such as anthropological films, cultural sociology, and ethnic and racial interactions. Words that describe an idea or thing in one culture may not translate into another culture. Many cultures use storytelling and songwriting to pass information from one generation to the next. By learning about different languages we also learn about how humans communicate and preserve knowledge. Language
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 350 taught by Professor Holt-lunstead during the Fall '10 term at BYU.

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