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Week 6 Language and Culture

by: Megan Foy

Week 6 Language and Culture SOC101

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Megan Foy
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Introductory Sociology
Dr. McIntyre

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These are the notes finishing the lecture on language, and starting the lecture on culture. The rest of the notes on culture will be uploaded by Friday!
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Date Created: 02/23/15
Week 6 Wednesday February 182015 1208 PM Today Language and continuing with Culture 0 Language is part of nonmaterial culture 0 Particular kind of symbol system of symbols 0 Written spoken gestures to which we attach meaning Language Fundamentalto social life quotlimits of my language mean the limits of my worldquot LG 56 0 Language stapes what we can see and how we order out world 0 Two terms to know 0 A Priori from what is already know quotbuilt inquot deductive o A Posteriori based on experience inductive propositions derived from observations Inductivevs Deductive Deductive deduce something when you start with the most general rule or instance and work your way to a specific case 0 Lecture guide 50 Inductivethink ofspecific examples and make a general principle from them Ideas on Language mmanuelKant17241804 o What we see depends on mental categories that we have 39 Sociologists agree 0 These categories exist a priori born with them 39 Sociologists disagree socially constructed 0 Learning from experience 0 Categories of thoughts we have are a result of culture 0 Intimater tied to language 39 Circle you can know concept and draw but that s justa drawing of a circle 0 We don t iust see hear smell taste or touch things but we do it through v v J39quot39 vv v v v v v cultural filters that help us make sense of things 0 Colors have a reality in physical world 39 How many colors in the rainbow 6 7 WhorfSapir Hypothesis 0 Thinking and perception are not only expressed through language language but actually shaped by language 0 Ex Hopi culture do not have conceptions oftime or space so missionaries could not convey after death and heaven or hell Language allows Complex shared goalOdirected behavior 0 Shared perspectives and understandings culture 0 Human experience to be cumulative time Usto identify who people are and where they are positioned in society social status Reification Reify to regard somethingthat is a human creation as if were natural and inevitable We often reify culture 0 Truth or cultural truth 0 Do not kill 0 Red and blue are different colors 0 Sex is made up of two categories male or female What does culture do Func onal o Gives us rules to follow so we don t have to make heavy decisions every day ofour lives 0 Creates a sense of solidarity or weness among people who accept it Dysfunctional 0 Can lead to divisions ethnocentrism o Xenophobia fear ofoutsiders irrational 0 Previous sociological research value based view of other cultures 0 reification


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