HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

More Than Words…

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8. Language as most people know is more than a set of written or verbal means of communication. Each dialect holds a unique history of culture, development, and emotion that represents the identity of a society through the use of idioms, inflections, and accents that have variation amongst one another. Cultures develop through the cultivation of language as it provides the basis for economy, religion, social encounters, and other means of expansion, however when language is lost, these societal developments begin to collapse as the common bridge linking them together begins of fall apart. With the destruction of a language, a culture begins to forget the historical significance of early development, and the history of one’s culture can begin to be forgotten as a result. Rooted in the very basis of these cultures, language possesses immense power, which explains why historians of today take much pride the recovery of lost sand script dialects or even the Rosetta Stone. As an English speaker, I do not find myself bearing the stress of language preservation as English is one of the most widely used languages in the world, however historically for example during America’s colonization, Native Americans would be a prime example of people who would see great stress amongst the foresight of cultural assimilation. This being as once they began to adopt English as their language, their own customs, religions, and societal history would be lost along with their language as future generations began to assimilate into the colonial society.


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