Cm 206 Unit 5 Seminar Option 2

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Unit 5 Seminar Option 2 1. The author tells us that language is symbolic. What does this mean? “Words are symbols, which are arbitrary, ambiguous, abstract representations of other phenomena. Because language is arbitrary, the meanings of words can change over time. This means that language is dynamic. Symbols are ambiguous because what they mean isn’t clear-cut. Finally, symbols are abstract, which means that they are not concrete or tangible. Words stand for ideas, people, events, objects, feelings, and so forth, but they are not the things they represent (Wood, p. 95, 96).” 2. How does your unique perspective influence how you perceive language? Communication reflects cultural values and perspectives. It also creates or reproduces culture by naming and normalizing practices valued by the culture. The words of a language reflect what the mainstream in a culture regards as worth naming. The dominant values of a culture are reflected in calendars, in which important days are named. To understand further how cultural values are woven into language; consider the cultural values that adages, or common sayings, express. A primary way in which communication changes cultural values and perspectives is by naming things in ways that alter understandings. 3. What ethical issues can you identify in how you communicate verbally? You have to have proper communication skills. You have to know how to speak upon cultural differences. You should learn how to speak well and clearly to others. It is a good idea to have some basic knowledge on how other cultures speak. 4. Explain the guidelines for improving verbal communication. Why are each important? Which do you need to work on improving? Engage in dual perspective. This means being person-centered to see things from their perspective. Own your feelings and thoughts simply means take responsibility for
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