Exploring Language. Now in its tenth edition, this market-leading language reader continues to feature thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. For over 25 years, this engaging reader has challenged individuals to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. This tenth edition maintains the integrity of past editions, while reflecting the new and fascinating language issues that exist in today's culture. Provocative selections are organized around nine major language areas, and then broken into stimulating sub-themes like political correctness, hate speech, language and the presidency, and censorship on campus, inviting readers to debate current social and cultural issues that are inseparable from language. Individuals interested in studying how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language.
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This language reader features thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. The text challenges the reader to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Exploring Language. May 16, Chris rated it really liked it. My good friend and I have been reading the Intellectual Devotional for a year together now, committed to communicating on each and every of the entries, discussing and debating topics ranging from the history of the alphabet to Zoroastrianism.
I would say the subject we have returned to most, and which has dominated and born down on so many ever-lengthening email exchanges, would be hands-down the subject of language and communication. I skimmed its contents and discovered it tackled many of the points of language and communication that resisted my processing like thickening syrup in my mind.
This book contains chapters contributed by different authors from different backgrounds expanding on language in so many of its ramifications. There are probably a few articles that could interest just about anybody, and none are too long to bore or lose a reader entirely. There is just enough of what you like to whet your appetite for more, but it is substantial nonetheless.
Reading this book helps to emphasize the devastatingly beautiful and intricate thing that human language is. We see handles all looking more or less alike. Naturally, since they are all supposed to be handled.
Language is as complex and recalcitrant as thought itself, as it is an attempted externalization and crystallization of thought, which is denatured in its new environment. There is frustration in this unwieldy tool, but there is great power in it too, for which reason it is one of the elemental forces and growing momentum behind all of civilization. It is an awesome treatment of the kinds of assumptions and values everyone is bringing into a conversation, and discusses how to navigate 'talk'.
It was amazing, and revolutionary for a person like me. He says something I've never been open to really. He says that if two communicators don't at the very least pretend that they think like each other for the most part, then communication will break down almost immediately as conversation is purely a cooperative undertaking and the need to not be offended is paramount.
If the risks in an activity are great, you may be wise to refrain from that activity unless the potential gains are correspondingly great or you have no alternative. He offers the caveat that some conversations are specifically designated to allow for more experiential nuance, value contrasts, and novel information; and that some personalities can operate on difference levels of commonality; but he stated that we often underestimate how much assumption, trust, and compromise is necessary for nearly all of our communication to work.
Talking is not simply a matter of information being transmitted successfully, but a social interaction that may be deemed successful regardless of what the ideological differences are. At first I was skeptical that 'faking it' as I call it can really be all that beneficial in conversation. What about the pursuit of truth, about sharing our changes and discoveries with each other, about challenging each other to be diligent, honest, and careful about assumptions?
His point about WHY we do that is truly riveting and actually quite cogent. Although I hope I am the type of person that will only compromise to a certain degree, I also realize now that I might not be conscious of all my aims in conversation that may be more apparent to others, even, than to my own self. Sure, it is set up as a college course-book, but it is as interesting and illuminating, as it is broad and cursory. View 2 comments.
Oct 02, Richard rated it liked it. Read some of the short essays for my English class. As a college text nothing much to say for or against it. We did have some interesting discussions in class using the essays in this book as a jumping off point.. Monserrat Daga rated it it was amazing Jun 09, Adrian Espinoza rated it really liked it Jul 20, T rated it liked it Sep 03, Geoffrey rated it liked it Jan 08, Heni Mujaa rated it really liked it Dec 30, Candace rated it liked it Oct 28, Davina Mubengz rated it liked it Oct 19, Amy Cowan rated it really liked it Apr 22, Bridget rated it really liked it May 07, Simii rated it it was amazing Apr 17, Mark rated it liked it Jan 26, Jes Houk rated it really liked it Jul 08, Paige rated it it was ok Feb 08, Mohammad Shafi rated it really liked it Sep 19, Xeebae rated it really liked it Feb 10, Rebecca rated it it was amazing Apr 20, Oct 01, Irina rated it liked it.
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