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1 CHAPTER 5: LANGUAGE The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography

2 © 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. LANGUAGE: WHERE AND WHY Language A system of communication through speech A collection of sounds a group of people understand to have the same meaning Literary tradition Many languages have a written system of communication Many more through out time do NOT have a written system, which makes it difficult to document language distribution Official Language Most countries designate one language to conduct business in Countries with more than one official language may need both languages present in written form on documents, etc. Language Families Links between languages that show common origins

3 KEY ISSUE 1: WHERE ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SPEAKERS DISTRIBUTED? ORIGIN AND DIFFUSION OF ENGLISH DIALECTS OF ENGLISH

4 KEY ISSUE 1: WHERE ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SPEAKERS DISTRIBUTED? Origin and diffusion of English English is spoken by 328 million as a first language Spoken fluently by another half billion English colonies 1607 England began migration to North America Colonized Ireland in 17 th Century Asia in the 18 th Century Africa in the 19 th Century Origins of English German invasions Germanic Tribes: Angles (Southern Denmark), Saxons Northwestern Germany), and Jutes (Northern Denmark) Norman invasions (1066) Came from Normandy in France People of rank and nobility used old French as a language

5 ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES Figure 5-2

6 INVASIONS OF ENGLAND Figure 5-3

7 KEY ISSUE 1: WHERE ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SPEAKERS DISTRIBUTED? Dialects of English Dialect = a regional variation of a language Isogloss = a word-usage boundary When people migrate to other areas regional differences blend Standard language = a well-established dialect Dialects In England: Five major dialects emerged based on location Northern, East Midland, West Midland, Southwestern, and Southeastern or Kentish Differences between British and American English Early settlers brought English Later English settlers brought regional variations based on their region of origin Pronunciation has changed more in England than in North America Spelling variations between British and North American English (colour, color) Vocabulary variations between British and North American English Settlers rapidly adopted other words from other languages into their daily language

8 ENGLISH DIALECTS Figure 5-5

9 KEY ISSUE 1: WHERE ARE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SPEAKERS DISTRIBUTED? Dialects of English Dialects in the United States Settlement in the eastern United States Current differences in the eastern United States Three distinct isoglosses in the Eastern US Northern, Midlands, Southern Dialectical Differences: daily activities, food, and rural life Word differences: soft Drink Example Pronunciation differences Three branches of migration that carried Eastern dialects westward South of the Ohio River Valley settled by migrants from Virginia and other southern states Midland/Mid Atlantic went to the North Ohio River Valley New England went to the Great Lakes

10 DIALECTS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES Figure 5-7

11 SOFT DRINK DIFFERENCES Figure 5-8

12 INDO-EUROPEAN BRANCHES ORIGINS AND DIFFUSION OF INDO-EUROPEAN KEY ISSUE 2: WHY IS ENGLISH RELATED TO OTHER LANGUAGES?

13 KEY ISSUE 2: WHY IS ENGLISH RELATED TO OTHER LANGUAGES Indo-European branches Language branch = collected related languages Common Ancestral Language Indo-European = eight branches Four branches have a large number of speakers: Germanic: Northwestern Europe Low German: Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans, Frisian, Low Germanic North German: English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Indo-Iranian: South Asia Eastern Group: Indic (Hindi and many other variations [see book], Urdu) Western Group: Iranian (Persian or Farsi in Iran, Pashto in Afghanistan and Western Pakistan, Kurdish in Western Iran, Iraq and Eastern Turkey) Balto-Slavic: Eastern Europe East: Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusan West: Polish, Czech, and Slovak South: Serbo-Croation is the original name, but since the Balkan wars the preferred names are, Bosnian, Serbian, and Croation Romance: Southern Europe Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian

14 KEY ISSUE 2: WHY IS ENGLISH RELATED TO OTHER LANGUAGES

15 BRANCHES OF THE INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY Figure 5-9

16 LINGUISTIC DIFFERENCES IN EUROPE AND INDIA Figure 5-10Figure 5-11

17 ROMANCE BRANCH Figure 5-12

18 KEY ISSUE 2: WHY IS ENGLISH RELATED TO OTHER LANGUAGES Origin and diffusion of Indo-European A “Proto-Indo-European” language? Difficult to prove: it would have existed prior to written language Internal evidence Common physical attributes of words in different languages Shows common experience in daily life (Linguistic theory) Disagreement on how Proto Indo-European evolved Nomadic warrior theory: Marija Gimbutas First Proto Indo European Speakers were Kurgan nomadic herders from the steppes near the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. Conquered much of the territory from Siberia to Europe, using horses as weapons Sedentary farmer theory: archaeologist Colin Renfrew and biologist Russell D. Gray Argues that the first speakers lived long before the Kurgans in eastern Anatolia (Turkey) and diffused westward to Greece and onward into other areas around the Mediterranean Sea.

19 NOMADIC WARRIOR THEORY Figure 5-14

20 SEDENTARY FARMER THEORY Figure 5-15

21 CLASSIFICATION OF LANGUAGES DISTRIBUTION OF LANGUAGE FAMILIES KEY ISSUE 3: WHERE ARE OTHER LANGUAGE FAMILIES DISTRIBUTED?

22 WHERE ARE OTHER LANGUAGE FAMILIES DISTRIBUTED? Classification of languages Indo-European = the largest language family 46 percent of the world’s population speaks an Indo-European language Sino-Tibetan = the second-largest language family 21 percent of the world’s population speaks a Sino-Tibetan language Mandarin = the most used language in the world Middle East and Central Asia Afro-Asiatic: Arabic = most widely spoken Altaic: Turkish = most widely spoken Uralic: Estonian, Hungarian, and Finnish African language families Extensive linguistic diversity: 1,000 distinct languages + thousands of dialects Niger-Congo: 95 percent of sub-Saharan Africans speak a Niger-Congo language Nilo-Saharan Khoisan : “Click” languages

23 LANGUAGE FAMILIES Figure 5-16

24 LANGUAGE FAMILY TREE Figure 5-17

25 © 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. AFRICAN LANGUAGE FAMILIES Nigeria’s Main Languages Figure 5-19

26 PRESERVING LANGUAGE DIVERSITY GLOBAL DOMINANCE OF ENGLISH KEY ISSUE 4: WHY DO PEOPLE PRESERVE LOCAL LANGUAGES?

27 WHY DO PEOPLE PRESERVE LOCAL LANGUAGES? Preserving language diversity Extinct languages 473 “endangered” languages today Only a few older speakers remain 46 in Africa, 182 in the Americas, 84 in Asia. 9 in Europe, and 152 in the Pacific Examples Reviving extinct languages: Hebrew Preserving endangered languages: Celtic (politics) Multilingual states Walloons and Flemings in Belgium Isolated languages Basque/ Icelandic/

28 LANGUAGES IN BELGIUM Figure 5-23

29 WHY DO PEOPLE PRESERVE LANGUAGES? Global dominance of English English: An example of a lingua franca Lingua franca = an international language Original meaning: Two languages mixed to create a trade language Means: Language of the Franks, ascribed to Arab traders during the Middle Ages as they traded with Europeans, whom they referred to as “Franks” Modern Meaning: A language common to many (English) used for International relations Pidgin language = a simplified version of a language or Lingua Franca Pidgin Languages have no native speakers The language is spoken in addition to the native language Expansion diffusion of English In the past spread through migration and conquest Recent growth has to do with Expansion Diffusion (snowballing of an idea rather than relocation of people Ebonics: (Ebony+ Phonics) Term coined to describe the ‘language’ of African Americans from the south to large urban areas

30 WHY DO PEOPLE PRESERVE LANGUAGES? Global dominance of English Like other cultural traits people are at times accepting and resistant to the Western tendency to dominate Diffusion to other languages Franglais The French Academy (1635) = the supreme arbiter of the French language The French are upset about the dominance of English The diluting of the language by the addition of English words and phrases Spanglish The diffusion of English into the Spanish language Denglish The diffusion of English into the German language (Deutsch)

31 ENGLISH–FRENCH LANGUAGE BOUNDARY Figure 5-27

32 THE END. Up next: Religion


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