Language and Expressing Emotion Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Language and Expressing Emotion
An exploration of our communication through language and facial expressions.
# 118638 | 1,743 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2010 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Psychology (General) , Language (General)

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The paper discusses the uses of language and words, and provides examples of how even among speakers of the same language, misunderstandings can occur. The paper points out how slang words and cultural idioms can confuse a person who has gained fluency in a language but has a different mother tongue. The paper then looks at the effects of tone, body language and facial expressions on our communication.

From the Paper:

"Communication is an intrinsic component for the survival of a species. Animals of all classes have methods of communicating with one another from the limited croaks of a bullfrog to the specific sonar signals of dolphins. The complexity of an animal is directly related to the level of communication they exhibit. Chimpanzees can exhibit and react to a plethora of signals and emotions and although they have no vocal abilities to form words, they can be taught to use signs to transfer emotions and desires and are able to interpret commands and facial cues from the humans training them. It comes as no surprise then, that as humans, we have created the most complex forms of communication--language."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barrett, L., Lindquist, K., & Gendron, M. (2007). Language as context for the perception of emotion. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11(8), 327-332.
  • Boulogne, G. (2006). The Mechanism of Human Facial Expression (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Calder, A., Fox, R., French, C., Richards, A., Webb, B., & Young, A. (2002). Anxiety-Related Bias in the Classification of Emotionally Ambiguous Facial Expressions. Emotion, 2(3), 273-287.
  • Cutting, A., & Dunn, J. (1999). Theory of mind, emotion understanding, language, and family background: individual differences and interrelations.. Child Development, 70(4), 853-865.
  • Ekman, P., & O'Sullivan, M. (1988). The role of context in interpreting facial expression: comment on Russell and Fehr (1987).. J Exp Psychol Gen, 117(1), 86-98.

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