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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You went, “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We’re hoping to rely on loyal readers, rather than erratic ads. How language shapes the way we think. So we show the same accident to English speakers and Spanish speakers. That means language can shape how you’re thinking. No; if your language and your culture trains you to do it. So what I’m doing right now is, I’m making sounds with my mouth. Pinging is currently not allowed. Unfortunately, learning a new language especially one not closely related to those you know is never easy; it seems to require paying attention to a new set of distinctions.

And when you look at people’s brains as they’re looking at colors In fact, the way that you say “hello” in Kuuk Thaayorre is you say. Patient Geoengineering Environment,climate,climate change,geoengineering,responsive,carbon dioxide,emissions,global warming,sulfur,stratosphere Stewart Brand, Paul Saffo: In fact, people who speak these languages don’t count.

Is there intrinsic value in human linguistic diversity? You can have friends, you can get an education, you can hold a job, you can start a family. Land- and Ocean-sparing through Concentrating Human Activities environment,restoration,earth systems,agriculture,urbanization,dematerialization,ocean,statistics,peak farmland,decarbonize,aquaculture Rick Prelinger: For example, some Australian Aboriginal languages have up to sixteen genders, including classes of hunting weapons, canines, things that are shiny, or, in the phrase made famous by cognitive linguist George Lakoff, “women, fire, and dangerous things.


Different languages handle verbs, distinctions, gender, time, space, metaphor, and agency differently, and those differences, her research shows, make people think and act differently. Instead of words like “right,” “left,” “forward,” and “back,” which, as commonly used in English, define space relative to an observer, the Kuuk Thaayorre, like many other Aboriginal groups, use cardinal-direction terms — north, south, east, and west — to define space.

We tested each person in two separate sittings, each time facing in a different cardinal direction. Field Guide to the Everending Earth apocalypse,climate change,adventure,environment,Atacama,glaciers,desertification,geology,genetic engineering Ed Lu: This is a big difference in cognitive ability across languages, right? Rediscovering the Deep Sahara Environment,explorer,History,climate change,paleoclimatology,Sahara,desert,prehistoric,core sample,rock art,Egypt,civilization,pharaonic,Chad,nomadic Sylvia Earle, Tierney Thys: Suppose I ask you how many penguins are there.

So, I’ll be speaking to you using language Now, if everything has gone relatively well in your life so far. In Russian you would have to alter the verb to indicate tense and gender. The Makers Revolution Business,Technology,Economics,entrepreneurship,emerging markets,globalization,engineering,maker,makerbot,maker faire,3d printing,drones,cad Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo: Clearly, shzpes require different things of their speakers.

Lera Boroditsky: How Language Shapes Thought – The Long Now

You take an event like this, an accident. Now, this is an ancient question.

Prospects for Humanity Culture,language,cognitive science,blue,gender,time Chip Conley: An important question at this point is: When Russian speakers are sha;es from their normal access to language by a verbal interference task, the differences between Russian and English speakers disappear.


So for me, if I’m facing this way. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. Instead of arranging time shzpes left to right, they arranged it from east to west. When we sat people facing south. About Lera Boroditsky Introduction Summary twitter facebook boroditky.

MIT Press,61— Finessing the Anthropocene environment,climate change,sustainability,Anthropocene,policy,planetary boundaires,ocean acidification,ozone,earth systems Jim Richardson: So here I have pictures of my grandfather at different ages. Do the languages we speak shape the way we see the world, the way we think, and the way we live our lives?

The First Years environment,history,globalization,sustainability,Columbus,invasive species,disease,trade,slave trade,Civilization,potato famine,de-forestation Edward O. For example, how do we think about time? In Spanish and other Romance languages, nouns are either masculine or feminine.

Does this distinction mean that siniy blues look more different from goluboy blues to Russian speakers? Civilization’s Infrastructure civilization,infrastructure,Culture,society,hard infrastructure,soft infrastructure,invest,emergency,stealth,story,cities,high-speed rail,pragmatism Saul Griffith: The Creator Economy Business,Economics,Future,Technology,attention,creator,maker,forecasting,futurist,economic theory,robot,culture,disruption,invention,engagement,brautigan David Keith: It’s a dramatically different way of thinking about time.

But on the other hand, Shakespeare has Juliet say. I want you all to close your eyes for a second.


This suggests that patterns in a language can indeed play a causal role in constructing how we think. Living in the Homogenocene: But now I’ve just made you think it.

Different languages assign blame agency differently.