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Month: September 2018

My Language World

My Language World

In my language world map, I chose to write about these specific topics because it is what my language world is based around. I tried to focus on different subjects that affect my language world such as my cultural background, my family, idiolects etc. All of these topics not only affect my language world but also my everyday life. I wrote a lot about the difference between my two accents (American and English) because those two are what I switch from on a day to day basis. I am not bilingual but having two different accents is very similar because I normally keep the two worlds that I relate them to separate. I identify as a third culture kid as my parents are British and Kenyan but I was born in the UK, at the age of 7 I left the UK to move to Romania then The Netherlands, Germany and finally Singapore. Being a third culture kid is a big part of my language world too since I have adopted words or phrases from so many languages. All the topics I decided to write about are fundamental factors that make up my language world.

The one thing that really affected in the “My Language World” unit is the talk about idiolects, phonology and accents because it is what has impacted my language world the most. I change my accent many times a day depending on who I talk to but my lexicon will never change. I felt like this was important to convey that even though my accent changes often it is very rare that my lexicon will. My phonology changes a lot in my family because I have very different relationships with everyone and I tried to make sure that it was clear. Phonology is your pitch, tone, accent etc. and that can definitely change and I never really thought of it till this unit. The “My Language Wolrd” unit has really made me more aware of how my language world affects my life but also how much I control my language world.

Nature vs. Nurture in Gender Indentity

Nature vs. Nurture in Gender Indentity

In the argument of nature vs. nurture, I believe that nurture has a bigger impact on people’s lives, especially in gender identity. Nature is what you inherit from your parents, the way your genes are and physical traits. Nurture is when someone’s identity and the way they act is affected by the environment that they live in and the way they have been brought up. 

It could be argued that nature impacts a person more than nurture does since it is something that can’t be changed. You inherit your parent’s genes and that’s what makes you, you. Nature is the part of you that will always be there, you can’t change your genes, which would mean that the genes you have you are stuck with forever. But does this mean that we can’t change our gender identity and our views on it?

As written before nurture is when someone’s identity (in this case gender identity) is a product of the environment that they live in and the way they have been brought up. In the video that the MullenLowe Group made it showed that when children are asked to draw people working in specific professions, ie. fighter jet pilot, brain surgeon & firefighter, they all drew men. When asked to describe the picture they said “He’s big and strong”, “He rescues people” & “He gives you medicine”. None of them drew females in these professions. At the end of the video the women who were asking them to draw these professions then went and got into there work clothes, when they came out as a fighter jet pilot, brain surgeon & firefighter one of the children said “They’re dressed up”, they did not want to believe at first that women could do that job. A quote near the end said that “gender stereotypes are defined between 5 and 7 years old.” which means that if you are taught to not listen to gender stereotypes at a young age you can, in fact, ignore them for the rest of your life. The environment that these children need to be in is one where they can learn to see that you can do whatever you want as any gender. 

In conclusion, I believe that nurture can impact people’s lives more because no matter what your parents believe your genes can not define what you believe.

The Meg: The Myth, The Legend

The Meg: The Myth, The Legend

In this article, they talk about the extinct species called the Megalodon which is a shark. The Megalodon which is the shark featured in the film “The Meg”. It talks about it’s inconsistencies in the movies and also how it isn’t possible. The article also said that the way that sharks are portrayed in films can affect the real world.

 

I promise to myself that I will cut down on the fish I eat but also take into consideration that everything is not real in films. I want to research more into how sharks are treated and how movies can affect them.

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