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TOK IA: LANGUAGE

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Leah Ford

on 15 May 2014

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Transcript of TOK IA: LANGUAGE

TOK IA: LANGUAGE
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF LANGUAGE?
How does language extend or limit thinking?
Limits
Extensions
clause
after
CLAUSE
after
CLAUSE
language can only express a certain extent of our thoughts
related to untranslatable words because our English language is limited by not having certain words to express our thoughts/feelings
Why are some words untranslatable between cultures?
Definition of translation
: word to word correspondence
"quien much0 habla, mucho yerra"
literal meaning: he who talks a lot makes many mistakes
idea: loose lips sink ships
"labios sueltos hunden barcos"
15 words with no English translation:

Do texting and social media limit language?
MORE texting = LESS accepting of new words
MORE book/magazine/newspaper reading = MORE accepting of new words
"Our assumption about text messaging is that it encourages unconstrained language."
Thai: 55555
Japanese: www
Korean: kkkkk or kekekekeke
Spanish: jajaja
Greek: xaxaxa
Danish: ha ha, hi hi, hæ hæ, ho ho, ti hi
Icelandic: haha, hehe, híhí
Russian: haha хаха, hihi хихи, hèhè хехе
French: hahaha, héhéhé, hihihi, hohoho; also MDR呵呵
Conclusion
Language can only express a certain amount of our thoughts.
Translation is just a guess.
Social media limits and extends.
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