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Advances in Culture and PsychologyVolume 1$
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Michele J. Gelfand, Chi-yue Chiu, and Ying-yi Hong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380392.001.0001

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Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use

Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use

Cultural Tools at the Service of Representing and Shaping Situated Realities

(p.216) Chapter 5 Culturally Situated Linguistic Ecologies and Language Use
Advances in Culture and Psychology

Gün R. Semin

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Two interrelated perspectives are advanced. One is about the function of language in use, namely in the course of social practices. It is argued that language serves as an attention directing devise in such immediate contexts. The second argument suggests that language use in face-to-face immediate communication as well as across a wide range of social practices (e.g., mass media) have unintended consequences or byproducts. They generate knowledge structures that supersede the immediacy of language use and constitute culturally situated linguistic ecologies that shape human cognition.

Keywords:   linguistic category model, situated linguistic ecologies, linguistic relativity, social practices, emergence, unintended consequences

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