Culture and Language

Culture and Language - Chapter 6 Language and Communication...

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Chapter 6 Language and Communication
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Important Questions How does human language differ from forms of communication in other animals? How do languages change? Are some languages superior to others? Do people from different cultures have different styles of linguistic discourse? What is the relationship between language and culture? How do people communicate without using words?
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The Nature of Language Found in all cultures of the world. Symbolic system of sounds that conveys meaning when put together according to a set of rules. Meanings attached to any given word in all languages are totally arbitrary .
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Characteristics of Human Communication Systems Capable of sending an infinite number of messages. Humans are only animals that speak of events from the past or in the future (displacement). Language is transmitted largely through tradition rather than experience alone.
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Diversity of Language There are as many as 6,000 discrete languages. 95% of the world’s people speak fewer than 100
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