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Language and Culture Differences in cultural language: what is the significance and how does it affect the world? As the world becomes more interconnected by technological advances, the need for interpersonal communication among different cultures has become evidently clear. It is quite obvious that one's culture affects almost all of one's communication behaviors. In “Language Reflects Culture,” and article written by Margaret Cote, she states that “language determines the way a person views the world” (Cote, 1985). She writes about how the Indian people view their surroundings differently than English speaking people. Cote goes on to make a personal statement as to how she sees the world in two different ways, depending on the language she is speaking. In this paper I will discuss how behavior and attitudes are determined by the language one speaks and how language reflects a culture. When considering attitudes and behaviors, one's culture can determine the way an individual processes information and how they cope with reality. Within every culture, frames of reference differ when it comes to concepts and objects. The meaning of a particular word partly depends on the culture's historical relation to the concept or object described. As Margaret Cote states in her article, the Saulteaux people are particular in their usage of the words. Such example would be with the usage of we and you. Their usage of these words are reflective of whether or not they are being inclusive or exclusive. In the American culture, exactness is not a major concern, therefore, Americans use the words we and you differently. Verbal and non-verbal communication is expressed differently because of cultural differences and beliefs. Most of these differences are misunderstood in intercultural communication because most are not aware of them. There is a significant…...

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