Unit 3 Culture, Language and Religion

Unit 3 Course Description
A. Concepts of culture
  • Culture traits
  • Diffusion patterns
  • Acculturation, assimilation, and multiculturalism
  • Cultural region, vernacular regions, and culture hearths
B. Cultural differences and regional patterns
  • Language and communications
  • Religion and sacred space

General Culture:Diffusion

Great example of hierarchical diffusion
How about reverse hierarchical diffusion?
First came:

then came this

Pam & Jim's Wedding from Mauricio Galindocohen on Vimeo.


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Wikipedia languages mapped
American Dialect Society Words of the Year
English as the official language
Do you speak American?
Fired for not speaking English at work
Languages of the United States
the Indiana Joneses of language
Language Preservation 1
Language Preservation 2
Language Preservation 3
10 Most Spoken Languages of the World
Writing systems and Languages of the World
Language communities on Twitter

The word for "bear" in European languages

English Mania video from TED: Language Day 2

The following video has some example of dialect similar to that found on the Outer Banks.

History of English in 10 minutes


Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded? Linguist Recreates Proto-Indo-European Language (AUDIO)

Here is the passage translated into English:
  • A sheep that had no wool saw horses, one of them pulling a heavy wagon, one carrying a big load, and one carrying a man quickly. The sheep said to the horses: "My heart pains me, seeing a man driving horses." The horses said: "Listen, sheep, our hearts pain us when we see this: a man, the master, makes the wool of the sheep into a warm garment for himself. And the sheep has no wool." Having heard this, the sheep fled into the plain.

A Continent Carved Up, Ignoring Who Lives Where

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Should English Be the Official Language of the World? infograph


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Largest Religious Communities
Religious based conflict
Nearly 1 in 4 people in the world are Muslim
Challenges for people who show their religion
NY TImes slideshow on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Hajj has begun!
Good resources for Chapter 6
Great website "Muslims, Islam and Iraq"
Mecca cam!!!
Vatican cam
Iranian persecution of world's oldest religion

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The most contested real estate on Earth?


Inside Mecca

Example of a Christian Pilgrimage shared by one of your fellow students