Helen Keller Case Study

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1. Why is the story of Helen Keller important to this chapter? (pp. 79 – 80)
Helen Keller is in important to this chapter, because she gained language, and with it: history, literature, and culture. When she acquired language, she acquired access to the same symbolic world that most of society lives in. She no longer had see or hear the world directly, thanks to the work of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller could now share her experiences with the world.
2. What is the difference between a digital and an analogic code? (pp. 80 -81)
The difference between a digital code and an analogic code is that a digital code is based on abstract symbols such as with words or sentences, where as an analogic code has some similarity to what it represents such
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Linguistic determinism says that language determines the way we interpret the world. Linguistic relativity states that if language determines thought, then speakers of different languages will experience the world differently and that thought is relative to language.
13. How would you define linguistic relativity versus linguistic determinism? (p. 93)
Linguistic Relativity states that if language determines thought, then speakers of different languages will experience the world differently and that thought is relative to language. Linguistic determinism says that language determines the way we interpret the world.
14. Provide one example to illustrate how the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis works in real life (p. 93)
One example to illustrate how the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis works in real life is how Eskimos have many more words for the term “snow” than most of society. These words enable them to talk about distinctions most non-Eskimos could not be able to perceive. This means that other people would have a harder time than Eskimos on the topic of snow.
15. What is meant be the term elaborated code? (p. 94)
Elaborated code is having more complex grammatical decisions when it comes to language usage.
16. What is meant by the term restricted code? (p.
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18. A few years back there was a popular book entitled “Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars.” What does this suggest about language and gender (p. 95)
In some situations, men talk more, while in others, women talk more. The role of talk in building relationships differs for men and women. Men and women also manage conversations differently. Men and women have different vocabularies, in part because social roles focus their attention on different areas of experience.
19. The authors describe ‘female register.” What is that and how is it expressed? (pp. 96 -97)
Female register are language forms typically used by women or thought to be characteristic of women. The female register can be expressed through ways such as disclaimers, tag endings, and qualifiers.
20. What is muted-group theory? (pp. 97-98)
Muted-group theory is a theory that concerns itself with the concept of power and how it is used against people. This theory specifically divides the power spectrum into the two branches of men and women.
Be sure to read about language and sexism on pp.

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