Presentation Title

Jumping the Mile-High Language Barrier

Presenter Information

Evelyn Cauchon

Mentor

Robert Kostick

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Abstract

This oral presentation will address the psychosocial effects that a language barrier creates for the individual who wants to navigate this complex global community and learn from citizens of other societies. It will also consider what such limitations on communication means for society as a whole. Using personal experiences drawn from a study away semester in France as well as interviews with well-travelled peers, I hope to show how social connections built upon an understanding of native languages are crucial to human existence and to creating an authentic relationship with “others” from foreign nations. By tying these experiences to the available scholarly literature by sociological theorists like George Simmel and George Herbert Mead, the presentation will emphasize the importance of learning multiple languages and the drawbacks of being monolinguistic.

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Jumping the Mile-High Language Barrier

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

This oral presentation will address the psychosocial effects that a language barrier creates for the individual who wants to navigate this complex global community and learn from citizens of other societies. It will also consider what such limitations on communication means for society as a whole. Using personal experiences drawn from a study away semester in France as well as interviews with well-travelled peers, I hope to show how social connections built upon an understanding of native languages are crucial to human existence and to creating an authentic relationship with “others” from foreign nations. By tying these experiences to the available scholarly literature by sociological theorists like George Simmel and George Herbert Mead, the presentation will emphasize the importance of learning multiple languages and the drawbacks of being monolinguistic.