Lecture 09 Language and culture

Lecture 09 Language and culture - Lecture 9 Outline...

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1 Lecture 9 Outline 09/22/11 Cultural influence on language “When it comes to linguistic form, Plato walks with the Macedonian swineherd, Confucius with the headhunting savages of Assam.” Edward Sapir Linguistic diversity is caused by cultural traditions. There are no superior and inferior languages. Linguistic influence on culture Our language helps to shape our perceptions of the world. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis: “Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, or alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society . .. The fact of the matter is that the real world is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group. No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. The worlds, in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached.”
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2 The S-W hypothesis maintains that a language forces its speakers to perceive the world in terms of what are built into their language. Sociolinguistics
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