Assignment One. ‘….To View Language As Though It Were An

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Assignment One ‘….to view language as though it were an object, devoid of the social context of its creation and use, is to dislocate it from the field of human interaction within which language derives the full quality of its meanings…’ (Grugeon and Gardner 2000: 105) Language is a fundamental part of everyday life. Thinking of language as an object implies that it is nothing more than neutral words arranged in a formula or code, which can be interchanged with other words to form new meaning (Davidson 2010, p.247). It doesn’t take into consideration any nonverbal factors, such as body language, tone of voice, etiquette, context, or culture that are combined and implied when people communicate verbally. Studying language has been…show more content…
In a basic form, people with autism spectrum disorders display this perfectly. Communication is often taken literally, and the context and culture in which it is intended, is overlooked. A sentence such as, “Can you empty the bin in the toilet please?”, in its literal sense means simply to empty the bin into the toilet bowl. Of course, this meaning is unlikely to be what the person requesting it meant. Other such common misunderstandings may come from not understanding that a question such as “can you do this?”, is a request and not a question, that the slang term, “hit me up” is not a request to be hit, or that the difference with common body language, can be taken as rude to the person who has had their handshake ignored. Whilst a person with an autism spectrum disorder may belong to the dominant region and culture, their communication and body language may not reflect the social and culturally appropriate aspects of the language, the same as may happen with people who may not know them due to being from a different culture entirely. From when a child is born, they are hearing language, and learning skills from their surroundings. Whilst the child’s developmental stage is a factor within language acquisition, the nurturing via social interaction, is vital in this acquisition. The way in which a family communicates is mimicked and through this, the child learns language in an “entirely social context” (Gee, 2011). Therefore, the
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