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Does Language Influence Culture?

Does Language Influence Culture? | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish
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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
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On Blame and English Speakers
"... in English, we’ll often say that someone broke a vase even if it was an accident, but Spanish and Japanese speakers tend to say that the vase broke itself. Boroditsky describes a study by her student Caitlin Fausey in which English speakers were much more likely to remember who accidentally popped balloons, broke eggs, or spilled drinks in a video than Spanish or Japanese speakers. (Guilt alert!) Not only that, but there’s a correlation between a focus on agents in English and our criminal-justice bent toward punishing transgressors rather than restituting victims, Boroditsky argues."

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