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Department
Anthropology
Course
APG 203
Professor
Professor Garcia- Quijano
Semester
Spring

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3/28/14 Language, Thought, and Culture • Chomsky argued that the human brain contains a limited set of rules for organizing language, so all languages have a common structure basis • The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis o Different languages produce different patterns of thought Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis • “Language determine thought” (How speakers think about things) o Ex: Hopi vs English tenses • This is highly contrasted: does language determine thought or does it just express thought? • Current evidence- there is a two-way interplay between thought and language- but what really influences thought (and language) is culture (or cultural changes) o Furthermore, people can learn a new language (and associated ways of thinking) rather quickly o So, S-W hypothesis is largely disproven, but still has some truth to it Language, Thought, and Culture • Focal Vocabulary o Specialized set of terms and distinctions that are particularly important to certain groups o Vocabulary is an area of language that changes most rapidly o *refer to table 5.1 in book* Sociolinguistics • Invest relat
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