The Cultural Power of Language and Legend

Updated on January 27, 2023 by Meg

Language and Legend

Personal Stories Express the Cultural Significance of Language and Legends

What is culture? It's a broad and yet nuanced concept that encompasses many different manifestations. Certainly, no comprehensive definition of culture would be complete without including language and legends.

The need to be heard and feel understood are part of our shared, universal human condition. A common understanding of how units of sounds and symbols are organized, written and spoken facilitate understanding and effective social interaction--such as the ability to cooperate, negotiate and compromise.

Language and culture are closely intertwined--in many cases, people's nationalities are identified by the tongue in which they speak. Within communities that share a given language, dialects reveal subtle distinctions and connections. With a common basis for communicating thoughts and ideas, cultures create and pass on folklore--stories that articulate shared history, values, beliefs, practices, offering context and texture for the group's collective wisdom.

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