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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 2: Language and Card Play 18:59 Language Language: The raw material we use to create talk cards to share ideas and ultimately build civilization. Definition A system of symbols Used to map reality That combine to form a message EX: Use of the word “Crusade” to describe our response to terrorism Language Card Game: The ethnic proof game – how do you “prove” you belong to an ethnic group o same kind? What’s on an Ethnic Card? Language Features Characteristics of symbols for the Ethnic card: Semantics, or system of meaning: dog, dawg, dogg – friend, buddy Syntax, or how symbols interact: Punctuating and ordering sentence strings. Example: why you gotta do me like that? – why are you/they treating me this way? Pragmatics, the job we want symbols to do: To impress, to diss, to hook you up Lexicon (dictionary of words you might use in a certain situation – culturally determined):...
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- Spring '08
- Semantics, Philosophy of language, language features, Balla