Monday, July 23, 2012

Language Deficits

Part 1:

            I found this assignment completely difficult. Maybe it was because I have no patience, but only being able to speak with your eyes and facials is so unrealistic within communicating. I found this to be quite a tricky assignment; I am a very verbal/talkative person.            My partner had a harder time than I did in this assignment. I thought I was bad but we just couldn’t get on the same understanding level in this situation. After when we talked about what we were trying to communicate, it had nothing to do with what actually was needed to be conversed.            I feel in the situation of this “no symbolic communication”, hypothetically if it represented two different cultures, it would be very confusing. It reminds me directly of how Americans met Native Americans back in the day, making understanding between the two foreign cultures difficult. I think the symbolic language has the upper hand because language doesn’t help someone that cannot understand, facials would do better work in that case. Frustration would arise from the speaking culture because it would not do them any good, talking to someone that completely cannot comprehend what’s going on. In this case, non-verbal has a lot of power to these two diverse cultures. In our culture directly, we are a diverse state of California with many Hispanics that do not speak fluent English, if at all. That could be a big discrepancy in our system, how Americans and Hispanics cannot fully communicate to their best ability. We use multi-cultural workers in our society to our advantage at different work places. Someone who can speak both Spanish and English is a very valued gift to California worker places.

Part 2:

            I do not feel as if this type of communication was that harsh. Yes it was difficult at times but nothing like the first assignment. I use my hands a lot so multiple times I just had to sit on my hands and not wiggle my body. But using words came easier for me.            My partner as I had a decent time with this particular assignment. I don’t know but after the first part of the assignment this one came to us much easier.            I find non-speech techniques to be extremely important in society and how we communicate today. I can say it makes things easier to use those facials and point when talking specifically about something, but if two people speak the same language, you might as well us it to your fullest capabilities.            There are always those people who find difficulty in reading body language. I would say obviously this would not help blind people in any way at all, which would be completely impossible. I feel like being a people person would help someone comprehend reading body language well, it would benefit the socialable person greatly, people that come into contact with people often. Environment situations where this would not benefit the persons, this is quite a hard question. Honestly I cannot put the situation into perspective enough to find a valid example, which doesn’t give an answer. But nothing reasonable is coming to mind! Because most places using language is the easier option and using gestures is easier to go without. Maybe on a sporting field while playing a game, that could be nearly impossible not to move, use gestures or point.


  1. I liked your blog a lot. Your opinions made your information more effective. I totally agree with your example of the Native Americans and the Americans without body language they would have not understood each other.

  2. Hi Kristina
    I like how you compared verbals and non-verbal between the first encounters of Native Americans and the Europeans/Spaniards. It is really too bad the way the Natives and new comers dealt with each other in such hostile ways. It is interesting to think that the lack of communication, among other things, drove the mass genocide and removal of natives. I found it interesting that the second part of this assignment was easier for you; I found that to be the hardest because it is so innate to me to use facial expressions and body language. On the other hand I agree with you about not being able to come up with an environment without body language would be beneficial just because I feel that body language is so key to being able to interpret emotions, feelings, and intentions.
    Thanks for the post,

  3. It's interesting that you use the meeting of the Europeans and the Native Americans for your example of a speaking and a non-speaking culture, though of course both had spoken language. I get your point to a certain extent, but think about the very real situations of a culture that speaks and a culture that doesn't. Which will end up being the dominant culture? Which culture will be better able to communicate within their group to get across complex ideas? Could you explain the theory of evolution through sign language easily? Or would it be easier with spoken language?

    I would have liked to have heard a bit more about how your partner responded and felt during these two experiments. Their response is often very telling, even more so than your own personal experiences.

    Good job bringing in the possibility of those who are blind having trouble reading body language.