The Importance Of Language On Culture Development

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A language is a powerful tool for expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Language also serves as one of the primary contextual clues in determining where any one person is from in the world or region. Moreover, language also serves as the driving force for culture development within societies. The concept that language directly affects culture development is the prominent hypothesis within the anthropological community. The primary language taught to any person during their early growth and developmental stages will ultimately determine and shape their reality. In particular, individuals who grow up speaking English as their native language end up having an altered perspective of the world around them and display a marginally different …show more content…
For instance, a girl wanting to become an engineer when she grows up would be called “Ingeniero” in Spanish which takes on that male characteristic (Deutscher). Battling sexist social issues and breaking away from strict gender roles implemented by culture norms, especially being a woman, would be ultimately more problematic when that culture has this mindset since learning how to speak. Ultimately, growing up speaking a language other than English will contain more grammatical genders and consequently, puts up more …show more content…
Languages such as Hopi, or most Native American languages, have no definite way of displaying future, present or past tenses. For that reason then, when a language does not offer a way of expressing a future tense the concept of future time is obsolete. It is difficult to see a future or plan a life within culture if the language that determines it limits time reference points. English lends itself to planning events and expressing excitement for the things to come or reflection on the past, rather than being limited to only focusing about the time at hand (C. Ember et al. 244). For example, a woman could not say that she will be going to college next year, or getting married in a few months if she were a part of the Hopi culture instead of English. A culture has a more difficult time sustaining and evolving if its own language cannot see a

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