Culture, language and environment: the case of English
- Readings and Assignments: Walsh 1979 p. 9-15; Bennett in Fantani 16-21
- Concepts: environmental sociolinguistics; Individual cultures vs. world culture
- Discussion questions: How does the environment affect language use? How does language use affect the environment? What facets of the environment can have the most effect on language?
p. 11 Which do you agree with, John Adams or Karl Jaspers and Tagore? Why?
p. 12 Summarize the two possible ways of forming a world culture? Are either or both actually possible in your opinion?
13. Can you think of other international agreements that reflect common denominators like the UNUDHR?
For Bennett: What do you think of the term "fluent fool"? When have you been a "fluent fool"?
I'm not sure that this term can still apply as well in our multicultural world...