Here are a couple of Boroditsky's papers from the popular press (more at her site):
- Boroditsky, L. (2011). How language shapes thought. Scientific American, February 2011
- Boroditsky, L. (2010). Lost in Translation. Wall Street Journal. July 24, 2010
- Boroditsky, L. (2010). Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? The Economist.
- 3-part Oxford-style debate. I represented the “pro” side. "Pro" won by reader vote (78% pro)
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 space—all because of the language they speak.
- Presenter: Lynne Malcolm