The Role of Language in Communication Essay

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The Role of Language in Communication The role of language is crucial in this process of relationships. Language shapes reality, and it limits what ideas and concepts are available in a particular situation. In all aspects of our lives we engage with, resist, reframe with, the meanings available through language, to give meaning to every aspect of our lives. Ideas and understandings available through language shape our practice in a variety of ways in everyday interactions. It has been well known since the beginning of time that men and women are on different wavelengths when it comes to communicating.…show more content…
Men are more likely to interrupt in conversations and change the subject in the process. Men also make statements instead of raising questions because they are not looking for a response; they are simply stating an imperative (Lee, Shaw). Males tend to give orders as a way of gaining social status. High-status males give orders just to maintain their dominance, not because they particularly needed the anything done (Lee, Shaw). Males who are being told what to do are thought of as low status, by virtue of doing what they were told. This dynamic is important to remember when looking at another major area of miscommunication between men and women. Women cannot understand the resistance men seem to have when asked for assistance or consideration of some kind or another. Women must understand that, for men, doing what they're asked to do means they have lost status in that relationship (Lee, Shaw). Men often feel that women are trying to manipulate them. What a woman might see as a simple request that is "no big deal" is seen by her man as an attempt to manipulate him into a "lesser" position. For women, talking about troubles is the essence of connection. Men, however, hear troubles talk as a request for advice, so they respond with a solution (Lee, Shaw). When a man offers
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