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Unformatted text preview: 3-26-08 - American Indian LanguagesLanguages 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 todayNative 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 adultsVery few native languages have child speakersLanguage and Thoughto Sapir-Whorf HypothesisTwo linguists had a group of people who spoke different languages organize colored chips into piles based on colorWhat colors were separated into varied based on languageConcluded that a person's language does call attention to certain aspects of reality: color, time, space, causationStill some debate over how accurate these conclusions areo LanguageMore than arbitrary symbols assigned to objects and soundsLanguage influences the way you see and respond to the world...
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- Spring '08