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Culture & Language -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Vance, Noelle;

2009 / EBSCO


Culture and language are integrally related. Language represents one system of culture, and culture is transmitted via language. Investigations into the relationship between these two concepts involve exploring how individuals and societies construct, maintain and transmit identities. Frequently, this investigation involves examining the texts that are created within a society in order to establish the underlying assumptions and ideologies by which individuals are operating. Researchers are also interested in how multilingual individuals negotiate their identity by making language choices and how socialization processes impact the maintenance or evolution of language within a culture. This article provides a brief overview of issues related to the relationship between language and culture.