Thursday, November 01, 2012

All in the Mind - How Language Shapes Thought

The notion that the language we live and speak (and with which we think) shapes our thinking and our perception is not new, and it is still widely debated among linguists, philosophers, and neuroscientists (among others). However, Lera Boroditsky, of Stanford University, offers new proof that this idea is more than a notion - it's a reality.

Here are a couple of Boroditsky's papers from the popular press (more at her site):
Enjoy the discussion.

How language shapes thought

Broadcast: Sunday 28 October 2012
It’s been controversial for centuries but new empirical research suggests that language has a powerful influence over the way we think and perceive the world. Lera Boroditsky from Stanford University suggests that Japanese and Spanish speakers have a different sense of blame, and some Indigenous Australians have a different sense of spaceall because of the language they speak.



Presenter: Lynne Malcolm
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