mar 28

2 Pages
Unlock Document

APG 203
Professor Garcia- Quijano

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
More Less

Related notes for APG 203

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.