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Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? Do English, Indonesian, Russian, and Turkish speakers remember their experiences differently because they speak different languages? And what do these differences mean for the way people of diverse cultures experience their time on earth?
For a long time, the idea that language might shape thought was considered at best untestable and more often simply wrong. But research in Lera Boroditsky's labs at Stanford University has breathed new life into an old debate, and in doing so Boroditsky has launched herself to the leading edge of a hot scientific controversy.
Her team at Stanford University have collected new research data from the diverse language groups of China, Greece, Chile, Indonesia, Russia, and Aboriginal Australia and what they have learned is that people who speak different languages do indeed think differently and that even variations in grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by TKDRL
On the other hand, language has been just fine for 1000s of years and will never stay the same. One example being I can't type the S-word into this post because, in years past, the educated decided that a common word was vulgar. It was okay to be written on maps and as a name for places, but 'oh no' someone decided it was offensive. Merde!
Originally posted by TKDRL
reply to post by Kandinsky
Good point on the cussing. I work on construction sites, that has rubbed off on me. I swear without even thinking sometimes, which is very inconvenient when I happen to be around little kids. I have been working on that, as I have nieces and nephews visiting here a few times a year now. I also always did wonder why some words were labelled swears or cusses in the first place. Seemed silly to me.