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TOK - Language and Communication

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Bobby Walker

on 3 June 2013

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By Robert Walker, Diego Carpio, & Sebastian Gonzalez TOK Presentation - Language & Communication Real Life Situation Timothy Doner is considered a "hyper polyglot" because he speaks 23 languages. Our Leading Knowledge Issue: How can the different areas of language and communication change our knowledge and shape our thoughts? Key Terms: Communication- is the action of exchanging information and ideas between one another Language Perspective is the means of communication whether it be spoken or written; it consists of the structuring of words to exchange information is the multiple interpretations of a subject that can be expressed visually, verbally, or through a subjective process Areas of language and Communication Spoken (verbal)
Imagery Exploration How is the use of language and communication in this video induce a change in knowledge and thought? Easier time communicating with the world around him
He can gain further insight to cultures
He can experience how other cultures perceive the world
Knowledgeable of many worldly events
He'll have a different way of thinking per language
He has limited language barriers
He may have a change in personality for each language Revisiting an idea - language and the perception of thought and reality These ideas spark a new KI:
How does language change the way we perceive reality? Knowledge Psychology There are studies that help the deduce the relationship between language and and how we the perceive the world, obtain knowledge, and have various behavioral patterns Cultures with their languages interpret abstract concepts differently Some languages have variations upon how they envision time and space
For instance, English speakers tend to use spatial terms as well as Mandarin speakers yet the depict time differently
The idea of how a culture writes their language also influences there perception of time and reality Kuuk Thaayorre - Pormpurraw, Australia The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis States that: "language determines our experiences of reality, and we can see and think only what our language allows us to see and think" Exploration of the Theory Not only does the hypothesis prove that language changes our perception of reality, but it also proves changes in behavioral and attitude patterns For instance an experiment was run on bilingual Japanese women married to American servicemen The Results The hypothesis was proven! The women showed very distinct and firm answers to their interview in English opposed to the one in Japanese that seemed friendlier HOWEVER, even tho the hypothesis was proven there some important factors to take into consideration How does this all relate to TOK and our KI? Overall these discussions show a change in our knowledge and thought based on the language we use daily
We can interpret and obtain knowledge in many different ways, therefore enhancing the WOK of language
It adds to our knowledge, we view life through the various perspectives of a culture
Ultimately it alters our reality Implications Various views and interpretations to one subject
A shift in reality
A change in behavior and attitude (For better or worse)
Knowledge can be openly obtained within each culture (Obtained in more than one way)
The breaking of language barriers
Induces a lust for language and knowledge consists of Justified true beliefs Emotions and Language Emotions, as a way of knowing, influence the knowledge being transferred through any form of language Emotive Meaning Spider
Excavating fossil fuels
The United states department of war Rainbow
Exploring for energy
Department of Defense Emotion is Influential Content (Literary Techniques)
Environment Relatable Example Camp Fire Horror Stories Content (Literary Techniques)
Tone of Voice
Environment The Arts Emotive meaning versus Literal meaning The Visual Artist Literal vs. Emotive Edvard Munch "The Scream" The Poet What do you think would be the difference between a poem and an essay about war? "A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted metaphorically"
-Dane Ackerman Personal Example Mother...
You filled my days with rainbow lights,
Fairytales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.
You gave the gift of life to me
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
For deep warm hugs and being there.
I hope that when you think of me
A part of you
You'll always see.

-Anonymous Theater Arts The Balcony Scene in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet 1. Actors must read the script a certain way
2. The script must be well written in terms of what emotion it would like to evoke
3. Gestures and body movements must accompany the language Another Knowledge Issue To what extent can the implementation of emotions in language divert and/or intensify the transfer of knowledge "The American Teen Polyglot Who Speaks 23 Languages." YouTube. ITN, 09 Apr. 2013. Web. 03 June 2013. <
Grosjean, Francois. "Life as a Bilingual." Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 1 Nov. 2011. Web. 2 June 2013. <http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual/201111/change-language-change-personality>.
Malcolm, Lynne. "ABC Radio National." How Language Shapes Thought. ABC, 28 Oct. 2012. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-language-shapes-thought/4329212>.
"Theoryofknowledge.net's News Stories of the Month." MailChimp. Theoryofknowledge.net, n.d. Web. 03 June 2013. <http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=190e5c6dffd25b5b23da0953b>. Bibliography
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