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Language Henslin (2006:38-40) notes that language is the primary way people communicate with one another. It’s a system of symbols which all us to communicate abstract thought (Henslin, 2004:40). It’s a perspective which allows culture to exist. Language is universal in that all cultures have it, but it is not universal in that people attach different meanings to particular sounds. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis argues that language provides categories through which social reality is defined and constructed. It argues that thinking and perception are not only expressed through
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Unformatted text preview: language but also shaped by language. Perspectives We need to keep in mind the notion of perspective when talking about culture. A culture is a "shared perspective." It is not absolute truth. Perspectives are limited by their nature. They allow us to see life from only a certain angle. As we interact, we come to share ideas about the way the world is. Perspectives filter what we see (Charon, 1986:199-203). Example: "The Allegory of the Cave"...
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