How Culture And Perception Are Directly Influenced By Language

3064 WordsNov 21, 201413 Pages
The idea behind language as culture is explained succinctly by dividing the description into a framework of separate ideas. By breaking down how perception is developed through environment and the presence of norms, culture is demonstrated as the provider that perpetuates this social environment. The cohesion required of large populations begins with cooperation and communication. From the expression of traditions, the reinforcements of norms through stories and the passing of knowledge, language is the cohesive glue of people to environment. This can be exemplified further by a pursuit that transcends individual populations to create a separate culture and therefore maintains its own environment. In this paper I hope to analyze and illustrate how culture and perception are directly influenced by language. Beginning with the knowledge that perception drives the creation of anything from human minds or hands, it can easily be suggested that interactions with the surrounding world are subject to this same perception. The very experience of living is sensory and and dependant on what is presented to stimulate those senses. Following this logic what has been created through the influence of environment is, according to the author and Material Culturalist Richard Grassby, “subject to both etic and emic analysis” (592). The reality of social interactions within a given environment, and the people who inhabit this space, must also “be structured to be perceived and understood”
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