Language is an integral part of culture and
human culture cannot exist without it. Through
the use of language, wide vistas of reality have
been opened. What we have experienced, as
well as our norms, values and ideas exist
because we have learned to identify or
experience these things through language
(Panopio et al, 1992).
If culture can affect the structure and
content of its language, then it follows
that linguistic diversity derives in part
from cultural diversity.
The linguistic relativity
hypothesis asserts that language
determines thought and
therefore culture. In reality
language and culture influence
As our nation continues to change, we all
will interact with others from quiet different
backgrounds from our own, especially in the
classroom. The manner in which we respond
to others who seem different can a have
serious impact on school, work, and
harmonious relationship with others.
What is culture?
Culture is defined as the set of learned
behaviors,beliefs,attitudes,values, and ideals
that are characteristics of a particular society
or population (Ember,1999).