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Social & Cultural Influences on Language - Chapter Summary
This chapter delves into various social and cultural influences on language. Learn about or get reacquainted with the impact politics, region, gender and more have on the ways humans use language by exploring our entertaining lessons. We offer additional learning and study tools like short quizzes and a chapter exam to confirm your comprehension of concepts covered in the lessons. Subject-matter experts can clarify any details you don't fully understand and ensure you have the knowledge needed to do the following:
- Describe the impact of politics, imperialism, region and geography on language
- Discuss the effect of culture and environment on language development
- Explain how language is influenced by gender, education and socioeconomic status
- Detail the benefits of bilingualism on language acquisition
- Exhibit knowledge of atypical speech and language disorders
- Provide details about social perceptions of language and intelligence
1. The Effects of Politics & Imperialism on Language
What's a more powerful weapon of imperialism, a military or a language? In this lesson, we are going to examine the politics and power of language in both the past and the modern world.
2. The Effects of Region & Geography on Language
In this lesson, we'll look at physical factors influencing languages around the world. We'll see what creates regional dialects, how those can become their own languages, and why some climates encourage particular sounds in languages.
3. The Effects of Environment and Culture on Language Development
Both environmental and cultural factors have an impact on early language development. This lesson will provide examples to consider and discuss possible reasons for this impact.
4. The Effects of Gender on Language
Gender can have a profound effect on how people acquire, use, and think about language. This lesson presents and discusses some of the ways that gender can impact how language is acquired.
5. The Effects of Education & Socioeconomic Status on Language
If you are interested in learning more about how language works, you might wonder what factors can influence language acquisition and use. This lesson focuses on the impact of education and socioeconomic status on language.
6. Language Acquisition: Benefits of Bilingualism
Does it pay to be bilingual? This has been a controversial topic for over a century, and in this lesson, we will explore modern research on the benefits of bilingualism.
7. Individuals with Atypical Speech & Language Disorders in Society
People with communication disorders can thrive in modern society, but this was not always the case. In this lesson, we will learn how cultures have treated and mistreated people with communication challenges, and how they have adapted.
8. Social Perceptions about Intelligence & Language
Many people think about language and intelligence as inextricably intertwined. This lesson discusses common social perceptions about the relationship between intelligence and language, while also exploring the limitations of this relationship.
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