Language and Intercultural Communication

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The world is living the age of information due to the effect of globalization. It brought the necessity of faster and effective communication mainly in global business, worldwide tourism, news and so on. The key point is that performing these globally, the communicator will come into contact with people from different cultures (Beeby 2014)). In any culture, language is much more than words and strict meanings, much more than what is written or spoken because each culture has your own values, attitudes, beliefs, way of doing things, way of saying things and principally the way of understanding things. This especially becomes clear when studying a foreign language in a different country for the reason that the individual can live immersed in a new culture and see differences of introductions, same words with different meanings, salutations and everyday sayings. Clearly, these differences show that besides the actions use the language, the real definition is cultural. This essay will represent the scenario for language and culture, reasons for the relationship between both and how language affects the intercultural communication. According to Oxford Dictionaries (2012) language means “The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way”. It has a high impact within communication because the act of transmitting information is accomplished through the use of the language. For example, each language has particular symbols (alphabet and numbers) and phonetic sounds that help the individual giving emphasis and understanding to the information. Language is based on rules which involve morphology (word structure), syntax (grammar and sentence structure), semantic... ... middle of paper ... ...s, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 642-646, March 2012 © 2012 ACADEMY PUBLISHER Manufactured in Finland. doi:10.4304/tpls.2.3.642-646 Mohan, T, McGregor, H, Saunders, S & Archee, R, 2008, Communicating as Professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, VIC. Oxford Dictionary of English (2010) 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Royal Children’s Hospital 2006, Language. RHC and La Trobe University, Melbourne. Tubbs, SL & Moss, S 2006 , Human Communication: principles and Contexts, 10th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston, MA. Warmoth, A. (2001). Culture, Somas, and Human Development. Somatics. Retrieved November 10, 2004, from Zion, S & Kozleski, E (eds.) 2005, Understanding Culture, National Institute for Urban School Improvement, Arizona. Available from: Arizona State University. [25 March 2014]
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