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Friday, March 14, 2008

Language and Culture


An integral part of any culture is its language. Language not only develops in conjunction with a society's historical, economic and political evolution; it also reflects that society's attitudes and thinking. Language not only expresses ideas and concepts but actually shapes thought.

- Robert B. Moore,"Racist Stereotyping in the English Language," in Margaret L. Andersen & Patricia Hill Collins, eds., Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 4th ed. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2001), p. 322.

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