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Conveying values through language

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Conveying values through language APY204

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Proverbs, myth and doctrine
Linguistic Anthropology
Dr. Everett
Class Notes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Vanessa Notetaker on Wednesday April 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to APY204 at University of Miami taught by Dr. Everett in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Linguistic Anthropology in anthropology, evolution, sphr at University of Miami.

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Date Created: 04/27/16
Conveying values through language 4/21/2016  Oral folklore and vocal performance important for storytelling  Helps establish social capital within culture  Convey cultural norms and morals o Values of stories that passed on  Some shared narratives that most to most of us as members of this (Western/American) culture o The bible, American Revolution o Mythological versions of stories o Helps unify society shared identity, values and morals  Pervasive concept around the world- to create unity as a cultural unit/group  Morals vary dramatically cross culturally  Can be done through religion o 1.- Myths  People share stories of the supernatural  Refer to stories that somehow relate to supernatural (ex: Jesus walking on water; water to wine) o 2.- Doctrine  Language written down to specifically encode certain morals  Ex: 10 commandments  Many languages lack writing system, so it’s not true to all cultures Why  People with written systems seem to encode some type of myths morality… legitimization (some figure that’s watching you) … exist helps people make sense of stuf everywher e  We want to come up with answers that help us explain our environment  Proverbs o Paradoxical nature o We get morals from these  Ex: an apple a day keep Dr. away; early bird catches the worm o Lends credence to something o We give our life morals and purpose out of this stuf  Ex: the pen is mightier than the sword (words are more efective than violence)  BUT here is an example how proverbs have paradoxical21 nature: Actions speak louder than words (words don’t do much, action does) o Not simple o So many proverbs! All to guide you through every context in life o Used for socially specific purposes o Aren’t absolute  Absolute morals tend to be in doctrine o Even then, they can be contextually contradictory  Doctrines, myths, proverbs (last two are ubiquitous)


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