Learning Objectives

  1. Define language, explaining its uses and distinguishing among semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic codes
  2. Explain the triangle of meaning
  3. Identify ways to remove semantic barriers
  4. Discuss the effects of word walls, euphemisms, emotive language, polarizing words, politically correct language, bypassing, and intensional orientation
  5. Explain how language affects relationships
  6. Identify how language helps reinforce attitudes toward culture, gender, and age
  7. Discuss the interface between language and media and technology
  8. Take steps to use language more effectively