Language And Culture: The Relationship Between Language And Culture

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The relationship between language and culture is deeply rooted. Many anthropological linguists (e.g. Tannen, 2006) consider them as closely intertwined and inseparable. Language and culture represent each other (Liddicoat, 2008, as cited in Zhou, 2011). Culture and cultural ties are reflected and transferred by language from one generation to the next (Emmitt & Pollock 1997, as cited in Leveridge, 2008; Leveridge, 2008). Language puts cultural reality into words and, meanwhile, is shaped by culture (Kramsch, 1998, as cited in Mirzaei & Forouzandeh, 2013). Brown (2000), similarly, says that “a language is a part of a culture, and a culture is a part of a language; the two are intricately interwoven so that one cannot separate the two without losing the significance of either language or culture” (p.177). Liddicoat et al. (2003) also claim that language and culture interact with each other in a way that “culture connects to all levels of language use and structures; i.e. there is no level of language which is independent of culture”. Wei (2005) argues that language has a dual character: a means of communication as well as a carrier of culture (p.56). By using language, people can approach and understand “the intangible values, beliefs, perspectives, and thoughts that frame the culture shared by a community” (Seelye, 1993, as cited in Zhou, 2011). Seelye (1993, as cited in Zhou, 2011), moreover, argues that we cannot separate language from the cultural context. In fact,
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