How Language Shapes Thought. The languages we speak affect our perceptions of the world. By Lera Boroditsky. I am standing next to a five-year old girl in. Request PDF on ResearchGate | How Language Shapes Thought | The languages we speak affect our Lera Boroditsky at University of California, San Diego. Cognitive Scientist Lera Boroditsky Explains . Lera Boroditsky says in the TED Talk above, “you probably haven’t had that thought before.

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Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought – The Long Now

Cambridge University Press, Civilization’s Infrastructure civilization,infrastructure,Culture,society,hard infrastructure,soft infrastructure,invest,emergency,stealth,story,cities,high-speed rail,pragmatism Saul Griffith: Representations of such things as time, number, musical pitch, kinship relations, morality, and emotions ghought been shown to depend on how we think about space.

They’re more likely to remember the intention. In French, “liberty” and “justice” are each female, and thus the Statue of Liberty is a female, and so is the blindfolded lady of justice in American courtrooms.

Lanfuage include an Aboriginal tribe in Australia who always and everywhere use cardinal directions to describe space “Oh, there’s an ant on your southwest leg” and the differences in how languages label the color spectrum. And the answer should be. In Russian you’d also have to include in the verb information about completion. So the case of grammatical gender may be a little silly.

They have engaged scores of philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and psychologists, and they have important implications for politics, law, and religion. Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities environment,restoration,earth systems,agriculture,urbanization,dematerialization,ocean,statistics,peak farmland,decarbonize,aquaculture Rick Prelinger: English and Mandarin Speakers’ Conceptions of Time.

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It turns out that in 85 percent of such personifications, whether a male or female figure is chosen is predicted by the grammatical gender of the word in the artist’s native language. So if you ask German and Spanish speakers to, say, describe a bridge. Field Guide to the Everending Earth apocalypse,climate change,adventure,environment,Atacama,glaciers,desertification,geology,genetic engineering Ed Lu: In English, it’s fine to say, “He broke the vase.


I’ve told you about how speakers of different languages think differently. Humans communicate with one another using a dazzling array of languages, each differing from the next in innumerable ways.

Some languages have lots of words for colors. But now I’ve just made you think it. In fact, you don’t even need to go into the lab to see these effects of language; you can see them with your own eyes in an art gallery.

Thinking Fast and Slow Science,Psychology,Culture,behavioral economics,prospect theory,intuition,fast thinking,slow thinking,nobel prize Craig Childs: This is one these magical abilities that we humans have. Once the English speakers had learned to talk about time in these new ways, their cognitive performance began to resemble that of Greek or Mandarin speakers.

Technium Unbound technology,noosphere,technium,evolution,holosphere,Anthropocene,Civilization,Internet,super-organism,planetary,web,Wired Larry Harvey: Even what might be deemed frivolous aspects of language can have far-reaching subconscious effects on how we see the world. I’m facing this way, time goes this way Do the languages we speak shape the way we see the world, the way we think, borodifsky the way we live our lives?

This is a big difference in cognitive ability across languages, right? People rely on their spatial knowledge to build other, more complex, more abstract representations.


Instead, Russian speakers have to differentiate. The First Years environment,history,globalization,sustainability,Columbus,invasive species,disease,trade,slave trade,Civilization,potato famine,de-forestation Edward O. The disappearance of the advantage when performing a verbal task shows that language is normally involved in even surprisingly basic perceptual judgments — and that it is language per se that creates this difference in perception between Russian and English speakers.


Different languages divide up the color continuum differently: When they faced north, the cards went from right to left. You learn the number list and you learn how to apply it. So, two people watch the same lwnguage.

Language can have really broad effects. I’ll start with an example from an Aboriginal community in Australia. For example, English speakers tend to talk about time using horizontal spatial metaphors e.

Patient Geoengineering Environment,climate,climate change,geoengineering,responsive,carbon dioxide,emissions,global warming,sulfur,stratosphere Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: Certainly, speakers of different languages must attend to and encode strikingly different aspects of the world just so they can use their language properly.

The fact that even quirks of grammar, such as grammatical gender, can affect our thinking is profound.

That excludes almost all humans. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. You have not been a lot thoughy help. It’s about how you think. That’s a lot of stuff. So language can have big effects. The Next 30 Digital Years technology,future,Wired,becoming,cognifying,flowing,screening,accessing,sharing,filtering,remixing,interacting,tracking,questioning,beginning,late,inevitable,trend,artificial intelligence,smartness,opportunity,sharing economy Brian Christian: But do they shape the way we think?

So what I’m doing right now is, I’m making sounds with my mouth. Because space is such a fundamental domain of thought, differences in how people think about space don’t end there. Does this distinction mean that though blues look more different from goluboy blues to Russian speakers?