Relationship Between Language, Culture And Society

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SOC287: Language, Culture & Society
Merve TASAN

Company Language

Language that includes vocal, sign and silent modes is an instrument of communication. It is hard to differentiate it from culture, social roles, context, ideology, semantics and pragmatics. In addition it has many roles in political economy. When it is referred as an aspect of political economy, it is not only about material feature as a part of good in the market but also refers to social groups in the social division of labor. Thus, I believe that, the language which is spoken in the companies in Istanbul can be accounted for as a part of political economy. In that sense, I will discuss language ideologies then language from economic perspective. Then I will continue with
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In that sense, Irvine2 describes types of links between linguistic phenomena and political economy from three different aspects. When it comes to role of language in political economy, what it comes to mind is the material aspect of it, as a good in the marketplace. However I believe these three linkages between language and political economy are important in terms of understanding the place of language in political economy. First, propositionality refers to the most familiar relation among them. “linguistic signs denote objects, natural world, and economic skills and activities. Because signs refer to the external world, a society’s productive efforts can be organized and a division of labor becomes possible (Irvine,1987; 250).” Second one is indexicality. Linguistic signs can index socioeconomic classes, social roles and identities, relaions of production. Thus it is not possible to separate linguistic differentiation from linguistic ideology and cultural ideas. For example, in a culture, if there are two gender roles, male and female; we would see the effect of ideology and culture in terms of defining indexical sign. Thirdly, incorporation refers to the commodification of language in the poltical economy. “Linguistic elements and utterances may themselves be goods and services, exchangeable against other goods and services including material goods and cash (Irvine, 1987;257).” Thus Irvine gives two…show more content…
The essential feature of linguage is its propositionality. Linguistic elements denote economic activities and status. To give an example, in companies, status and work descriptions are denoted with abbreviations of English terms. When someone says about her job, she says ‘HR yöneticisiyim’(I’m HR manager). On the other hand, the titles of workers index social and economic hierarchy. For example the hierarchy goes like, senior manager, manager, manager assistant. While each title denotes different economic status, it also creates social

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