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March26Lecture - American Indian Languages•Languages...

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Unformatted text preview: 3-26-08 - American Indian Languages•Languages Throughout the Worldo 10,000 languages known to have existed in human historyo 6,000 languages are still spoken in the world todayo 300 languages spoken by more than 1 million people today•Native languageso 300 American Indian languages existed in North America when first contact with settlers happenedo 175 American Indian languages are still spoken todayo 155 American Indian languages are only spoken by adults•Very few native languages have child speakers•Language and Thoughto Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis•Two linguists had a group of people who spoke different languages organize colored chips into piles based on color•What colors were separated into varied based on language•Concluded that a person's language does call attention to certain aspects of reality: color, time, space, causation•Still some debate over how accurate these conclusions areo Language•More than arbitrary symbols assigned to objects and sounds•Language influences the way you see and respond to the world...
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