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Simon Fraser University
Terry Neiman

Communications 304 Lecture Language - A cultural phenomena - 10,000 – 100,000 years old - Different kinds of languages - Some of them we are still familiar with today have been around for a long period of time - We can learn a lot about culture because language and culture intersect - Greek (1400 BCE) - Chinese Family (1300 BCE) - Hebrew (1200 BCE) - Euskera (Basques), Taml (>300 BCE) - Languages tell a lot about things 1000s of years ago, but they also tell us a lot about things today - How they differ tell us important things about everyday life Myth - Eskimos have … words for “snow” Consider English (500 years old vs. Hebrew) - “In-law”: reflects privileges and the legal role of marriage as definition of family relationships  Common Law (which comes from King Henry II in the 12 Century)th - Term  Frame (the way we look at things through a frame) - First assignment is explore notion of frame - How can the notions of framework be assigned to our course - How can we use words in a way to make us seem a certain way - “In Law” in Hebrew is Mechutenet = mother of one’s spouse Neutrality - There is no neutral language. Everything has some sort of frame around it (or some expression is a frame around some other idea) - Language can be a site of negotiated meaning Negotiated Meaning - Content - How does the process of languages frame/mark things that have hidden significance in EDL - Gossip does one or both of the following: o Disparages the absent other o Glorifies oneself vicariously, or by association with an absent other o (Shift between the private and the public) - Gossip works to POLICE SOCIAL RELATIONS AND DEFINTE THE CONDITIONS FOR GROUP MEMBERSHIP - We construct in-groups [based on glorification] and out groups [based on the disparaging of absent others] o Groups/networks are fluid o They create/maintain/change memories o They indoctrinate people into the social customs of particular group (e.g. gossip at work, school, church) o These factors of gossip influence people’s ethical world views Semiotics: science of signs and systems and how they construct meaning Ferdinand de Saussure: model of signifier/signified - E.g. Stop Sign = stop - Communication is more complex than simple transmission - Speech-in-context reveals a relationship between the medium and this outcome Phatic Expression (simple greeting) - Address the effect affection when communication with one another Roman Jakobson’s Model of the Constitutive Factors [Dimensions] of Commun
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