Discussion: Language as a Reflection of Culture


A close, intimate connection exists between language and culture.. Language, being a way of expression, is a reflection of a society’s culture and its perception of the world. The development of a specific language over time is an indicator for changes in a society speaking that language, as changes in cultural perspective, social composition, and political circumstances deeply impact the characteristics of a language. In return, language can reveal how a specific culture conveys ideas and concepts.. For example, the German language contains the word Schadenfreude, Hindi contains the word Jugaad and Eskimo languages have a plethora of words for snow and associated snow-related concepts. While these concepts can be equally conveyed in the English language, this  cannot be done in a single word. Why do some languages develop differently from others? What impact does that have on our everyday interactions in an international setting and is it possible to have one language that suits the needs of all cultures?

Join us for our next online VOX discussion to address these and other questions on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 19:00. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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