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Language and Culture. Language Ties Us Together Language- The ability to communicate with others orally and/or in writing. –Can be both unifying and dividing.

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1 Language and Culture

2 Language Ties Us Together Language- The ability to communicate with others orally and/or in writing. –Can be both unifying and dividing Unifying= nations use their political power to ensure the widespread adoption of a language Dividing= Many independence movements fueled by desire to use one’s own language

3 Monolingual vs. Multi-lingual Monolingual- has only one official language in which all government business is conducted Multilingual -has more than one official language Ex: Switzerland has four official languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh)

4 Lingua Franca English is the most widespread Lingua Franca in the world. Lingua Franca- a common tongue among people who speak diverse languages, often to conduct business. Ex: All airline pilots communicate in English

5 Development and Lingua Franca The more developed a country is the more its language will be used in worldwide commerce. Ex: Mandarian Chinese is becoming more and more important to learn. It is being taught more and more in U.S schools. Ex: As business becomes more global it is becoming more important to speak another language.

6 Dialects Dialect- a form of a language that is different in sound, speed and syntax( the grammatical arrangement of a language, and vocabulary.Dialect- a form of a language that is different in sound, speed and syntax( the grammatical arrangement of a language, and vocabulary. EX: U.S Dialects- Northeastern accent, Southern accent, Midwestern accent, Cajun accent, accents based on age.EX: U.S Dialects- Northeastern accent, Southern accent, Midwestern accent, Cajun accent, accents based on age.

7 What is an isogloss? Isogloss- the boundary of a dialect Geographers and Linguists interview people from different regions to determine speech patterns. Ex: North- “You guys” = a group of people Ex: Appalacia- “you’uns” = a group of people Ex: South- “Y’all”= a group of people The boundary for all of these is determine by an isogloss.

8 Isogloss of Dialects

9 Another isogloss map showing dialects

10 What do you call these products?

11 Dialects Continued Northeastern- elimination of letter r when a short a precedes it. –Ex: “Party” becomes “Pahty”

12 Pidgin, Trade, and Creole Languages When cultures collide, languages mix. –Ex: Cajun- mix of English and French –Ex: Spanglish- mix of English and Spanish Pidgin- Mixture of languages –Often very elementary as far as grammar, vocabulary but they allow TRADE to occur. Trade Language- a made up language that is used by people who want to trade

13 Hawaiian Pidgin The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe translated into Hawaiian Pidgin Dere waz one ol Tutu Stay living in one slippa She get choke kids Planny braddahs and one sistah She geev um lau lau But no mo da poi Den broke dere okoles And sent dem moi moi Vocabulary: Tutu- grandmother Slippa- sandals Choke- a lot Planny –plenty Braddahs- brothers Sistah- sister Poi- a Hawaiian food made from taro plant Okoles- butt Moi Moi- sleep

14 Creole Language Creole Language- a stable language resulting from a blend of two or more languages which does not include features of either. Ex: Haiti- speak a creole language that is a blend of African languages with French. (Don’t confuse this use of creole with Creole people who are of European decent born in a European colonial era, particularly Latin America or the Caribbean)

15 What happens to languages when a dominant culture interacts with a less dominant culture?

16 Extinct Languages A language no longer spoken or read in daily activities by anyone in the world –Examples: Native American Languages Gothic Indigenous African Languages Minority Languages/Endangered Languages –Language spoken by a minority of the population of a country –Sometimes forced to give up language Examples: Gaelic, Welsh, Cherokee

17 What is AAVE or Ebonics? Ebonics Notes and Discussion John R. Rickford December, 1996John R. Rickford (1) Some sample sentences in AAVE/Ebonics, with discussion of the ways in which they show the systematicity of AAVE: AAVE: "She BIN had dat han'-made dress" (SE: She's had that hand-made dress for a long time, and still does.) AAVE: "Befo' you know it, he be done aced de tesses." (SE Before you know it, he will have already aced the tests.) AAVE: "Ah 'on know what homey be doin." (SE: I don't know what my friend is usually doing.) AAVE: "Can't nobody tink de way he do." (SE: Nobody can think the way he does.) AAVE: "I ast Ruf could she bring it ovah to Tom crib." (SE: I asked Ruth if/whether she could bring it over to Tom's place.)


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