journal #3

Gretchen McCullouch’s article ” Why do you think your’re right about language? your’re not.”, describes a fallacy that what is considered “good” English speakers are not speaking the same language. I learned that what makes people good at speaking a language is to share a similar process of internalization of that particular word. McCllouch provides the example that a doctor who likes sci-fi will have a different set of vocabulary than a lawyer that enjoys historical fiction. The article only reinforces my idea of how language is learned and, it is by our environment and how we were raised as children.¬† This idea is one of the three paradigms in sociology which is symbolic interactionism¬† and by definition is, symbols, pictures and, face to face interactions affect the way we grow.¬† One good example would be the creation of new volumes of dictionaries, a lexicographer scuffles through new published books , social media and, social interactions. The way we talk and listen to each other is slightly altered and as a result, new phrases and words are made. The second example , “Henry gets to grow up speaking in a way that automatically makes him a better job candidate” conveys, that dialect play a big part in our lives. Take for example, a man with a really thick southern accent, instantly we would considered them to be less intelligent than someone who has a London accent which is perceived as intelligent, why? well it is how they are represented in movies. Southern accented men(Tucker and Dale vs Evil) are stereotypically depicted as beer loving, big bellied, truck drivers , In contrast, a London accented man is shown as smart, classy and, sophisticated(Dr. John H Watson). Through similar portrayals in the last six decades, their assumptions have been solidified, creating a false and incorrect way to categorize based on how English is spoken

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  1. The examples you gave are excellent, Jeff. I wish you had shared them in the class! You’re so right about symbolic interactionism. The way we interact reflects what we value–either explicitly or implicitly, and this tells so much about our assumptions and where the discrimination often comes from. Excellent post!

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