Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Language (week 3)

Part 1
I found attempting to communicate without speaking somewhat difficult. Especially anything that couldn’t be pointed at.
 I noticed my partner asking me questions trying to figure out what I was trying to get across. It was extremely difficult trying to communicate anything with any detail. Charades with a fifteen minute time limit and a whole conversation to guess not just one word. It was a lot of work.
I feel that the culture that is able to speak would definitely have the advantage. Also, the speaking culture would probably feel they are superior to the non-speaking culture.
The deaf, the blind, as well as physically handicapped persons all have some difficulty communicating with spoken language. I feel it greatly limits the interaction that they have with people that do speak. Having in depth detailed conversation would be painfully tedious. Those that do speak may slow down there speech and emphasize their pronunciation.
Part 2
I think the most difficult thing was restricting facial expression and tone of voice.
This experiment shows that “signs” are a very important part of our language. For example if someone could not change the tone or emphasize the urgency when yelling “FIRE”. Or if someones criticism wasn’t conveyed when they spoke and they were taken literally. It could be disasterous.
Yes, there are people that have difficulty reading body language. Body language helps convey if someone is telling the truth, is attracted to another, is nervous, mad, etc.. and can also help clarify what is being spoken.
Part 3
I think the experiment in Part 1 would have been easier if I could have written. However, the “tone” may be lost in written form and the writing and reading  would still take up unnecessary time.
Written language benefits a culture by providing a record and history. A culture could learn from past events without the need for someone from that time being there. 
An author is enabled by written language to convey a message without actually having to be at a given place or time. Ideas could written down and then translated if needed spreading the benefits to the far reaches of the world.


  1. Nice picture! I found the same problem with not being able to use my hands and facial expression. I felt like I was being tied down and not able to fully express myself. I found the in so many ways, we also speak sign language. I didn't even realize how much I used my hands,I'm more aware of my body movements now when I speak. Your post was great and the picture was a nice addition.
    Sayom M.

  2. Great post, i felt that the speaking culture would find themselve to be superior to the non-speaking culture also. And trying to preform the experiment with giving detail is very hard to grasp. i think your post was great

  3. Part 1 was excellent. Great discussion and description. Loved the comment about it being difficult discussing anything that couldn't be "pointed" at. Liked the image as well.

    Part 2 and 3 were a little short on substance, which is too bad as I would have liked to have read a full post. What impact did Part 2 have on your partner? Can you think of any circumstances where it might be to your advantage to not read body language? Expand upon the last two questions in Part 3. Globalization affects?

  4. I didn't realize how non-verbal communication can show how someone feels about someone else in addition to accenting what they are trying to say.

  5. To start... I love that picture you added in. :)

    Your third point about written language being easier minus the lack of tone is exactly how I felt while doing my experiment. I think you did a really good job explaining the frustration of not being able to communicate anything that you couldn't point to.

  6. Your first part was the most descriptive and gave your best point but I really agreed with your point in part two. Facial expressions and body language often tell whether a person is lying or is nervous. I thought not being able to show any type of facial expressions was more difficult than body language.

  7. I really enjoyed that you added that photo. I did not relate this experiments to the deaf, blind or physically handicapped so I like that you brought that up. With how difficult it was for me to get used to communicating with such limitations, I cannot imagine living my entire life not being able to communicate the way I do now. It makes me realize the importance of being able to express myself in so many different ways. Great post.