Week Four Research Paper
Brian P. Eger
January 22, 2009
My Week Four Writing Assignment
A country's language is the key to its culture. Language is the verbal expression of how a culture thinks; what is important and what is not important to a particular culture can be found by looking at what is present and what is not present in its language. The words of the language reflect the culture from which it came from and it is the spoken word that changes more quickly and reflects that particular culture more directly.
Language is one of the biggest barriers a person has to face when communicating with people who come from different backgrounds, ethnic and racial and social groups. Language is a primary source of cultural confusion therefore good communication is the link that must be bridged between all persons.
As children our understanding of the world and our culture come primarily through our language development. Every society has its own culture, which is recorded, reflected and symbolized by its language. Language and culture evolved and developed together, and therefore neither of them can exist nor develop without the other.
Culture consists of the products or civilizations of human society, including language, which is deeply embedded in culture. Culture, to a great extent, manifests itself in patterns of language. Language, as part of culture, probably the most important and essential aspect of culture, plays a very important role in it. Language mirrors almost all the contents of culture, therefore it serves as the symbolic representation, for all the knowledge and beliefs that constitute a people's culture. These beliefs, and attitudes are encoded and transmitted in the language of the people. So without language, culture would not be possible. However, language has influenced and even shaped by culture. Language is not only a system of spoken symbols, but also a system of cultural activity. Cultural transmission...