Semantic Gaps are Dangerous

Michael Ejstrup, Bjarne le Fevre Jakobsen

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Language adapts to the environment where it serves as a tool to communication.
Language is a social agreement, and we all have to stick to both grammaticalized and non-grammaticalized rules in order to pass information about the world around us. As such language develops and adapts constantely.
Recently both media and migrations have accelerated considerably. In Europe and
thus in Denmark homogenous populations have developed into multicultural ones. Language has not kept pace with this development, and millions of people have to adapt to this new situation with lightning speed.
That seems not to be possible. We have to use words, metaphors and comparisons containing adverse connotations, and this situation creates ways of using unpolite language and tends to create dangerous relations where specialy language creates problems that could be avoided if we had better language tools at hand. But we do not
have these tools of communication, and we are in a situation today where media and specially digital and social media, supported by new possibilities of migration, create dangerous situations.
TitelThe iafor european conference series 2014
Antal sider12
ISBN (Elektronisk)2188-9643
StatusUdgivet - 2014
BegivenhedEuroMedia 2014 - Brighton, Storbritannien
Varighed: 17 jul. 201420 jul. 2014


KonferenceEuroMedia 2014


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