Language Is A Fundamental Part Of Everyday Life. Thinking

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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 the nonverbal factors, such as body language, tone of voice, etiquette, context and culture that are combined and implied when people communicate verbally. Studying language has been likened to the dissection study of an animal, where some information and knowledge can be gained, but to gain intimate working knowledge of the animal (or language), it needs to be studied in its natural context. (Grugeon and Gardener (2000), Van Oostendorf). Ferdinand…show more content…
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, “can you do this?”, for example, 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 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. They way in which a family communicates is mimicked and learned in an entirely social context (Gee, 2011) Therefore, the language skills that a family have, are passed to the child. Communication is used to share meaning. Families create their own type of dialect because they share so many experiences and meanings. Regardless of the language or dialect that the child first learns, his understanding of the world, is based on that language. When
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