Exploring the Core Components of Culture Groups:

GGH110 Assignment #2 Park University Fall 2015 Exploring the Core Components of Culture Groups: For this activity, you will use the Ethnologue website (www.ethnologue.com) and the Adherents website (www.adherents.com) in order to explore the two major core components (i.e., language and religion) of the cultures found in the place you have chosen to research this semester.Although some of the data in these resources may be relatively old (which really just illustrates the great need for current and sustained research in support of these languages and religions), together they represent perhaps the most comprehensive collection of information about the core components of the distinctive culture groups found throughout the world today. As we have recently discussed in this course, language is often used as the most important defining trait of many culture groups and the primary means by which they are identified. Thus, exploring the linguistic diversity within a place is arguably the primary starting point forgaining a sense of its cultural diversity. In addition, understanding what the status is of the languages that are spoken in a place is significant because, as the Ethnologue states, Since language is closely linked to culture, loss of language almost always is accompanied by social and cultural disruptions as well.Finally, studying the languages of a place through a geolinguistics approach can also reveal a great deal about where a group of people came from and with whom they have been in contact.Therefore, most of this assignment will focus on finding information from Ethnologue. Before you begin this assignment, you should take some time to become familiar with the array of information that is presented for each country and its languages on theEthnologue website.A simple way of doing this is by going to its listing for the United States at the country index page: http://www.ethnologue.com/country_index.asp. Can you find all of the answers to the following questions? ‹Ÿ¬ How many total languages are given for the United States? ‹Ÿ¬ How many languages are classified as living? How many are nearly extinct? What seems to be the basis for classifying a language as nearly extinct? ‹Ÿ¬ Does the U.S. have an official language? If so, what is it? ‹Ÿ¬ What is the language family/branch/group classification for each language? ‹Ÿ¬ What is the number of people who can speak each one? Where are these speakers primarily located? ‹Ÿ¬ What other linguistic trends and patterns catch your attention? Notice that you can also see language maps that show where the people who speak these languages live. Now, go back to the county index page and find the page for the country you have chosen to study for this class. Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes the following content: 1) Slide #1: a. Name of the country/place you are studying b. Go to the CIA World Factbook page for the place you are studying and gather and report the information about the Ethnic groups, Languages, and Religions (these are all found in the People and Society section). 2) Slide #2: a. State the number of living languages that are listed for the country b. The name of any languages designated as a national or official language for this country. If none, state that on your slide. c. The names of top 3 most commonly spoken languages in this country d. The total number of people who are estimated to speak each of these languages, and the year that the estimate is from. (Note: you should give the total for each languagenot an overall total for all 3) e. Using the current estimated population that you obtained for Assignment #1, calculate the percentage of the population in this country/place that speaks each of these languages f. Thelanguage family classification for eachi.e., language family, languagebranch(es), language group(s). e.g., English is classified as: Indo-European, Germanic, West g. Identify the areas in the country/place where each language is primarily spoken. (Note: Do not just list any specific places that the listing might give, such as the name of a particular city or territory. You should describe where this is in the countryi.e., what is its relative location) 3) Slide #3: a. The names of the 2 least spoken languages (i.e., those with at least 1 known speaker) b. The total number of people who are estimated to speak each of these languages, and the year that the estimate is from c. Using the current estimated population that you obtained for Assignment #1, calculate the percentage of the population in this country/place that speaks each of these languages d. Is the language classified as nearly extinct? If so, state that e. Identify the areas in the country/place where each language is primarily spoken f. List any other languages that are also classified as nearly extinct and give the last known number of known speakers for each of them 4) Slide #4: a. Copy any language maps given for your country and paste them on this page. (Note: Most countries only have one map given, but some may have multiple maps. If so, copy all of them and do your best to resize them and arrange them neatly on this one slide.) b. Add a 50 word description of the patterns that you see regarding the geography of the languages used in this place. 5) Slide #5: a. Go to the Adeherents website index of religions sorted by location: http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/indexWhere.html. Find your country and review the various religions listed for it. Count the total number of religions/denominations/sects that reported by this website. NOTE: Do NOT rely on the total number that is given next to your countrys name in the index. This number is really the total number of entries given for the country. Since some religions may have multiple entries (e.g., Buddhism may be listed several times, just with some different data), you need to only count any religion/denomination/sect that is listed once. Report this total number on slide #5. b. Based on the most recent total number of adherents reported on this website, list the name of the top 5 religions/denominations/sects c. For each of these faiths, include the following: i. Total number of adherents last reported ii. Using the current total population (from CIA World Factbook), calculate the percentage of the population that this would represent iii. Using the information provided in the Quotes/Notes column of the listing, indicate if this faith represents a branch/denomination/sect of a religion (and if so, which one), or if it is its own religion and what its connections to other faiths are 6) Slide #6: a. Write a 150-200 word evaluation of what you have learned about the cultural diversity of this place based onthe information you have examined for this assignment. In particular, you should compare and contrast the information you found from the CIA World Factbook with the information that you found from the Ethnologue and Adherents websites. For a custom paper on the above topic, place your order now! What We Offer: On-time delivery guarantee PhD-level writers Automatic plagiarism check 100% money-back guarantee 100% Privacy and Confidentiality High Quality custom-written paper

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