Publication details [#14176]

Jiang, Wenying. 2000. The relationship between culture and language. ELT Journal 54 (4) : 328–334. 7 pp.
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Oxford Academic


This paper focuses on the intertwined relation between language and culture and shows three new metaphors connected with these two elements. In order to investigate how cultural content is combined with particular language items, this study conducted a survey on word associations. The respondents were either native Chinese speakers or native English speakers. The survey was specifically designed for the two different languages, therefore the Chinese survey included words and expressions about Chinese culture and the same applied for the English survey. This investigation highlighted a close relationship between language and culture where language mirrors culture and culture has an effect on language. They cannot exist without each other.