Language and its effects.
Language is a system of infinite symbols that can be combined in an infinite number of ways and can represent. It allows culture to exist.
language allows human experience to be cumulative. It allows people to develop by freeing people to move beyond their immediate experiences.
provides a social or shared past
provides a social or shared future. It allows us to plan things with each other.
Language allows shared, goal-directed behavior- it established a purpose to get together.
Language has embedded within it ways of looking at the world.
Sapir- Whorf hypothesis- language creates ways of thinking and perceiving