Lera Boroditsky on how language shapes the way we think (TED talk)

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Language shaping culture and thought May 2

Interesting, now I'm thinking out loud: 'He broke the vase' vs 'the vase broke' could also explain why in Romance languages and cultures there is no corresponding term (and concept) for 'accountability' that is simply responsibility. So here is why in Romance languages (I know it is so for Italian) the concept of accountability remains vague, intangible and unspoken of. So citizens of romance languages cultures tend to have societies where the line between right and wrong, crime and punishment remains very hazy.


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Same in Spanish May 3

It's a great way to avoid responsibility without actually stooping to outright lying. We can also do the same in English, for example "it got lost" -> "I/we lost it" ...


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Sapir-Whorf? May 3

I thought the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of linguistic relativity was long since discredited.

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