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Language and culture? Many people will say the two are so closely related that individuals should rather speak of language in culture and culture reflected in language. However, the theme of language and culture has been both foundational for the field of intercultural communication and a contentious issue with an even longer history. This intimate connection has been important for interculturalists because the argument centers on a notion, dating back centuries, that the language one speaks influences how one perceives, thinks, and acts.

This entry examines the interface between language and culture, providing an overview of specific controversies in viewing that contested territory. Highlighting key figures in the theoretical debate, the entry addresses the perspectives assumed by Edward Sapir, Edward T. Hall, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Noam ...

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