Relationship Between Language And Society

What is the relationships between language and society?

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The snow answer is a great one, there are also some examples that are linked more closely to societal behaviors, not just environmental factors.

One thing that struck me while I was living in Korea is the way that they generally say "we" and "our" instead of "I" and "my." ...

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The snow answer is a great one, there are also some examples that are linked more closely to societal behaviors, not just environmental factors.

One thing that struck me while I was living in Korea is the way that they generally say "we" and "our" instead of "I" and "my."  There is a very important way of thinking about the world that is different than ours here in the US.  You don't often use the singular pronoun because it is important that you are linked to the people you are with, whether it is your family, your friends, or your entire nation.

This small difference in language shows a very important difference in their culture.

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Very interesting question, elmahfoudi123. I think any answer to this broad question needs to focus on the role of language in society and culture. You need to remember that really the language we speak determines so much of our world view or the way we look at and perceive the world. Consider for example that some desert tribes in the Sahara only have two words in their language for "flower". This is an indication of the way they look at the world as expressed through their language. On the other side, consider why Intuit tribes have a vast number of words for snow and its different states - far more than we do in the West. This again recognises the centrality of snow for them in their society. Therefore language has a very close and intimate relationship with society and expresses so much of our culture and the distinctive fashion we have of living.

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