ERIC Number: ED083593
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Publication Date: 1972
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A Theory of Language, Culture and Human Behavior.
Pierce, Joe E.
In the study and analysis of cultures we must first examine our ways of thinking about things and formulate the assumptions on which we are working, because many of our results may come to us as direct implications from the assumptions that we make. In theorizing about language, culture, and human behavior, the following hypotheses are examined: (1) different human beings react to each perceivable item in this universe in the same way; (2) even though men classify items differently, they know that these units are different and react to items in terms of the reality of the situation; (3) some aspects of this reality are continuous ranges of phenomena, some of which are perceived and reacted to by man and some of which are not; and (4) man classifies only collections of discrete items but reacts to continuous phenomena in terms of reality. Upon demonstrating that all but the third hypothesis are false, we may examine the implications of these hypotheses for culture theory and the theory of human behavior. (HOD)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Language Role, Language Typology, Linguistic Theory
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