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3 Symbolically Exchanging Nothing The Power of Language Bruce A. Peterson

4 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Language is Symbolic We use symbols to communicate We create symbols-symbols create us We trade symbols We misuse symbols Meaning is in people not in words

5 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Communication Process

6 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Trading Symbols

7 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Symbolic Interaction Humans Trade Symbols

8 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Triangle of Meaning* User Thing (Referent) Word (Symbol) *Ogden & Richards

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15 Kenneth Burke’s Human Being bodies that learn language thereby becoming wordlings humans are the symbol-making, symbol-using, symbol-misusing animal inventor of the negative separated from our natural condition by instruments of our our own making goaded by the spirit of hierarchy acquiring the foreknowledge of death and rotten with perfection.

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23 humans are the symbol-using, symbol-misusing animal inventor of the negative

24 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Noun to be it is

25 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Verb to do do

26 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness nothing (do) + action =

27 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness to do what with

28 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness do who you

29 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness nothing + action =

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32 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness humans are the symbol-making, symbol-using, symbol-misusing animal inventor of the negative

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39 © 2000 Voice in the Wilderness Rudyard Kipling: "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." Nathaniel Hawthorne: "Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them." Author Unknown: "Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words." By words the mind is winged. Aristophanes ( B.C.)

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