Verbal Messages 9-15

Verbal Messages 9-15 - Messages Analogic and Digital Codes...

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Analogic and Digital Codes Analogic codes Symbols that bear a physical resemblance to the things they represent Digital Codes Symbols that are arbitrary and do not resemble the object they represent
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Language is a Digital Code Language relies on a common ground of shared meaning- different languages cant communicate since different words mean different things Language is a relatively precise symbol system- one word to express a symbol or idea Language allows the expression of abstract ideas Language is self reflexive- use language to talk about language
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Characteristics of Language Language is Abstract- something can stand for something but is not the thing itself Language is Arbitrary- no inherent reason why we choose a particular word to represent something Language is Related to Culture- time period, I don’t call people’s parents by their first name Language is Consequential
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Some Consequences of Language Totalizing A tendency for language to neglect or ignore the
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