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Language and Symbolic interactions.docx

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Language and Symbolic interactions The problem with language Semiotics begin with the question of how language relates to concrete reality, experience, and knowledge A common sense approach: Words are labels attached to real things-- reality precedes language Words "contain" meaning and reference things-- dictionary meanings Language moves meaning-- different languages do this differently This is true to an extent but .. Language reflects culture: words fit things into a meaningful cultural reality Meaning is relational: derives from the systems in which we use words Language re-presents reality: it provides culturally specific views of reality Don't see what we see, we see what we know Symbolic Interactions Basic idea: people employ symbols to mediate
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