Sunday, May 22, 2016

How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think

Do speakers of different languages think differently? Does learning new
languages change the way you think? Do bilinguals think differently when
speaking different languages? Does language shape our thinking only
when we're speaking or does it shape our attentional and cognitive
patterns more broadly? In this talk, I will describe several lines of
research looking at cross-linguistic differences in thought. The studies
investigate how languages help construct our representations of the
world at many stages.