Language, Culture, and Communication: The Meaning of Messages
Using data from cultures and languages throughout the world - to highlight both similarities and differences in human languages - this text explores the interconnections among language, culture, and communicative meaning. It examines the multi-faceted meanings and uses of language.
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Language and Cultural Meaning
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AAVE action addressee adult African African American agglutinating languages allomorphs allophonic anglophone attitudes behavior bilingual boys child co-participants code switching complex consonants contexts contrast conversation copula Creole demonstrate dialect direct distinctions employ English evaluations example express female feminine formal francophone French functions Gaelic gender girls grammatical groups guage Gullah hearers Hindi ibid indicate interactions interlocutors Japanese Labov language language death linguistic linguistic form male markers meanings men's Mohawk monolingual morphemes mother Native American Navajo negative nonstandard nonverbal norms nouns objects occur participants patterns percent person polite Polysynthetic Language prestige pronouns pronunciation questions refer response roles rules semantic sentences social society sociolinguistic sounds Spanish speak speakers speech speech acts spoken standard status stereotypes strategies structure style suffixes switching syntactic tag questions talk tions topics Tzeltal utterances verbs vernacular vowel whereas women words York