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Example of the triangle of meaning: The matter evokes the writer's thought. The writer refers the matter to the symbol. The symbol evokes the reader's thought. The reader refers the symbol back to the matter.
German vs English - next weekend means upcoming weekend
- I hadn ’ t seen this before I used the Tower of Babel image - Very famous painting, very famous story - Many linguists use this story
- Mandarin and Spanish more native speakers than English
Ask class What does this image have to do with communication?
Lecture 4.1 language and meaning student notes
Language andmeaningLecture 4.1University of AlbertaALES 204Nancy Bray 1
ALES 204 Checklist☑Assignment #1 - Done!☑Readings: Chapters 1, 2, 6, 3, and part of 11 - Done!☑For this week: Chapters 4 and 5☑Start thinking about Assignment #2☑Look at topic options on eClass 3
Course Map Analyze a communicative situation Plan an approach Identify strengths and weakness of your approach Context Rhetorical Purpose Channel Interpersonal Informative Oral Small Groups Persuasive Written Public Mass Communication Visual Online Define communication and understand a model of communication Describe the role that culture, hierarchy, perception, language, non-verbal behaviour, and generation play in communication 4
Culture Hierarchy PerceptionYou Another person Language Non-verbal Generation 5
Lecture Outline1. What is language?2. How does language influence communication?3. Video and discussion 6
Mark PagelHow language transformed humanityhttp://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity.html 22
Debate1. Support or disagree with Pagel’s idea that there should only be one language. 23
Why this image?Can you figure out what this image has todo with communication? 24
The Bible “God went down and confounded their speech, so that they could not understand each another, and scattered them over the face of the earth...“ (Genesis 11:7–8) 25
Greek mythology “Formerly Zeus himself had ruled over men, but Hermes created a confusion of human speech, which spoiled Zeus pleasure in this Rule" (Kerenyi, 1980) 26
Two important themes1. Communication = fundamental to human existence.2. Paradox: we believe perfect communication is possible, but we cannot attain it. 27
Photo Creditslanguage by nofrillsbarrier by Sudhamshubypass by Scott McLeodrose by THE Holy Hand Grenade!dictionary by TexasTsclock by ToniVCElectrolux adcustoms officer by CBP Photographycolours by Wifihighfive 28