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Department
Economics
Course
ECON 1B03
Professor
Hannah Holmes
Semester
Winter

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LEC09 Oct 18 2010 th Language -systematic means of communication, ideas, feelings by use of conventionalized signs, gestures, marks especially articulate sounds -language (religion)- fundamental characteristic by which groups distinguish themselves from other groups -language as a cultural variable is the single most important human achievement -it is learned, transmitted over generations -it permits continuity & changes of culture -it is a link to variation in both physical & human environments -language is the cornerstone of natural identity -language is essence/lifeblood of a culture; without it, culture cannot exist Ex a change in culture=a change in language use and VICE VERSA QUESTIONS 1. How do languages vanish 2. What are consequences of disappearance of a language? 3. Is it necessary/desirable for a ‘universal’ language to exist?  Dynamic nature of a language ex. English of Shakespeare’s time[400 yrs ago] VS English of Jane Austin’s time[200 yrs ago]  Regions, identity and language see fig. 6.10 pg 228 (world distribution of language families before European expansion)  Compare with fig. 6.4 pg 220 (Culutural regions) English: The Global language?? Mandarin: largest number of speakers nd English: 2 largest Why is the language spoken by greatest number of people not the language of international trade? Why a l
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