intrB18 - language and culture

intrB18 - language and culture - Anthropology 100 Lecture...

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Anthropology 100 Lecture Outline Language and Culture  1. Importance of language - language is central to human culture in part because it is omnipresent; language is a constant part of experience among all people, and it has been throughout the history of our species - human language has some similarities to non-human language , in its use of calls and signals to communicate meanings - unlike non-human languages, however, human language uses symbols , signs whose meaning is determined by their relation to other signs, each of them arbitrary in itself 2. Variation among languages - Languages differ in their vocabularies - not only do they have different words for the same objects, their different vocabularies often imply different ideas about what objects and concepts are - grammatical structures also differ - the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis contends that these differences are so important that one cannot comprehend another cultural world without speaking its language - there are limits to this variation
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ANTH 100 taught by Professor Idunno during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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intrB18 - language and culture - Anthropology 100 Lecture...

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