Language & Children's Identity Essay by The Research Group

Language & Children's Identity
Cultural, socioeconomic & sexual aspects of language use in & out of classroom. Bias, graffiti, role of parents.
# 11712 | 1,350 words | 6 sources | 1996 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2002 in Communication (Language and Speech)

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"Language can influence thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and social stereotypes. It allows us to manipulate symbols rather than objects. It directs our attention, as the advertising industry knows very well. It allows us to create detailed plans for the future--we can think ahead in abstract terms. Finally, although the extent to which linguistic differences between cultures results in different ways of thinking and perceiving remains an open question, we can conjecture that language is a powerful social tool for cultural transformation.

Educators, parents, child psychologists, and all socially conscious citizens would do well to heed Benjamin Lee Whorf's (1897-1941) view that language shapes thought. If the young mind is especially malleable, it would appear that language issues..."

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