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APY106 Test 2 Review

APY106 Test 2 Review - 1 Sarah Jordan Language varies from...

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Sarah Jordan 1. Language varies from culture to culture; many societies have a difference in terminology or descriptions of their beliefs. Language affects how we perceive reality; for example, if a person lives in a society that believes in ghosts, they may shape a future experience where something looks like a ghost, and believe they saw the real thing. The Sapir-Warf hypothesis states that language is thought to influence a person’s perception on reality. In the English language there is an infinite number of color names, while in the Navajo language shapes and texture are considered more important. A test was done with English-speaking and Navajo- speaking Navajo children. The Navajo children of both languages were given blocks of different shapes and colors to play with. They were all asked to sort the blocks; the English-speaking children organized the blocks by color, and the Navajo-speaking children organized the blocks by shape. (Stevens) Language can also reflect how men and women speak differently, based on social roles. Men believe women talk more than they do, even though at a public event, men take the initiative and speak more frequently and for a longer period of time. Their type of talking focuses on holding the center stage through joking, story-telling, and imparting information. Women are
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