Language and Social Consciousness
Mittwoch, 09.11.2022, 18:15 Uhr
|Redner, Rednerin:||Prof. Dr. Erez Levon, Center for the Study of Language and Society, Universität Bern|
|Uhrzeit:||18:15 - 19:45 Uhr|
Auditorium maximum, HS 110|
Language does much more than simply reflect reality. In this lecture, I describe the ways that language influences our social consciousness, acting as a prism through which we view and interpret the world. I begin by summarizing research on the relationship between language and thought, demonstrating how language predisposes us categorize the social world in culturally specific ways. I go on to describe the mechanisms through which such interpretations can change and the potentially negative social ramifications that a resistance to change can have. My examples focus primarily on the relationship between language and gender, and the way aspects of language instil a particular interpretation of gendered social divisions. Ultimately, my goal is to demonstrate that language is not incidental to social reality and social consciousness. It is instead one of the crucial ways in which our awareness and understanding of the social world is built.