How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

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There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” Boroditsky says. “Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.”

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30 comments

  1. Nevix KG 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    She is not only beautiful but she is smart. Why would anybody don't like such interesting study results? You idiots, why did you press dislike? Any reason?

  2. light n 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    4:55 yeap if you speaking Arabic from right to left ,I can speak English Arabic Turkish also some Russian but still because Arabic is my mother language right to left some time

  3. Cosmopolitan VHS 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    This call to action for expansion of human understanding through language is very powerful. Another medium you can see this theme in is the movie Arrival.

  4. vaibhav anand sharma 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    This was a language development theory put forward by BENJAMIN WHORF. But, this theory is now proved to be FALSE!.

    I repeat, the LANGUAGE RELATIVITY THEORY IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY PROVEN TO BE FALSE!.

    Eskimos have 4 shades of snow they can express in their language whereas normal English has around 2, but that does not mean that a normal English speaker can not distinguish between different shades of white in snow If the SITUATION DEMANDS.

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    CURRENT PSYCHOLOGICAL VIEW:- IT'S EASIER TO EXPRESS SOME IDEAS IN ONE LANGUAGE THAN ANOTHER, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT ONE CULTURE PEOPLE CAN NOT THINK LIKE ANOTHER IF THE SITUATION DEMANDS.

  5. Lisa Perkins 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    A more correct statement for the aboriginal group mentioned would be that time is connected to the sun and the direction of it’s path across the landscape.

  6. محمد شاهين 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    اكثر ما اعجبني هاتين الجملتين:
    *كل ما نعرفه عن العقل البشري تمت دراسته من قبل متحدثين باللغة الانجليزية(وهذه مشكلة نحن السبب فيها)
    *اللغة التي تتحدث بها تحدد طريقة تفكيرك

  7. Anh Lê 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    her speaking is so clear and comfortable to listen to. And the way she used the words is also easy to understand. I like the way she bring out the subject and how she transmited her research and thought. Thank you. This is an interesting topic.

  8. Tiffany Hui 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    My mother tongue is Cantonese and i speak English fluently. I tend to speak English with bright and powerful voice, but Cantonese with laid back and monotone voice.

  9. Ezhumbarithi Thanasinghu 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    Tamil people too uses the east west north south direction method on these days too….

  10. Dayana Marcela Hernandez Vasquez 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    It happened to me yesterday with my boyfriend (he is native: English and German) and I am spanish native speaker. He said: "you left the chicken in the oven" and I said "the chicken stayed in the oven". It is impressive how we keep those structures in our head, even if we are using a different language than ours. Amazing TEDTALK!

  11. אדיסון מנדז 12 June, 2020 at 11:21 Reply

    In Hebrew, there is a word for light blue (תכלת) and just blue (ככול).
    Correct me if I’m wrong, Hebrew is my second language.

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