Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought
The idea that the language we speak influences the way we think has evoked perennial fascination and intense controversy. According to the strong version of this hypothesis, called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis after the American linguists who propounded it, languages vary in their semantic partitioning of the world, and the structure of one's language influences how one understands the world. Thus speakers of different languages perceive the world differently.
Although the last two decades have been marked by extreme skepticism concerning the possible effects of language on thought, recent theoretical and methodological advances in cognitive science have given the question new life. Research in linguistics and linguistic anthropology has revealed striking differences in cross-linguistic semantic patterns, and cognitive psychology has developed subtle techniques for studying how people represent and remember experience. It is now possible to test predictions about how a given language influences the thinking of its speakers.
Language in Mind includes contributions from both skeptics and believers and from a range of fields. It contains work in cognitive psychology, cognitive development, linguistics, anthropology, and animal cognition. The topics discussed include space, number, motion, gender, theory of mind, thematic roles, and the ontological distinction between objects and substances.
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Languages and Representations
The Key Is Social Cognition
Sex Syntax and Semantics
Speaking versus Thinking about Objects and Actions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Giyoo Hatano
What Makes Us Smart? Core Knowledge and Natural
Coming to Understand False Beliefs
Does the Language We Acquire
Interaction of Language Type and Referent Type in
Do We Think Ergative?
Overige edities - Alles weergeven
The Resilience of Language: What Gesture Creation in Deaf Children Can Tell ...
Gedeeltelijke weergave - 2005
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature
Gedeeltelijke weergave - 2007