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Language Networks and Social Life (8:26)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 00:43 What is a language network?
  2. 04:35 What personal evidence does Sharika Crawford give that language shapes the way she experiences the world?
  3. 06:47 How, according to Crawford and the map you are shown, did the geography, climate, and history of Latin America shape how communities and networks formed around language?
  4. 08:16 Bob Bain tells a story about the Yiddish language. What does this story tell us about the ways languages can expand and decline in use?