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Does the language you speak influence how you think?

from Mother Nature Network

From June 12: Suppose a friend said to you in English, "I'm visiting my uncle." From this sentence alone there's little you can glean about this uncle. However, if you and your friend spoke Korean and she told you she was visiting her uncle, you'd know several things about him based on what word for "uncle" she used. Let's say she informed you she was visiting samchon. This word alone would inform you that her uncle is her father's unmarried younger brother. In Korean, as in Chinese, the speaker has no choice but to encode this kind of information into the sentence. The languages require speakers to think about their family relationships when speaking of them. more


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