How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018
  • 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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  • Dulce María García

    Dulce María García


    in Spanish you can say he broke the vase, because he actually did it

  • FrilheleQandege


     3 days ago +1

    Every language has its own cosmovision. Diversity of point of view enrich the human mind.

  • A J

    A J

     3 days ago

    Word creates world, choose powerfully.

  • Bridget Nash

    Bridget Nash

     4 days ago +1

    I'm watching this video for an assignment at school. This really helps. It was eloquently spoken.

  • 王珂


     4 days ago

    The gender thing in language.... I'm from China and there are almost no word oriented with any gender, by which I mean
    irrelevant words that implies metaphor of any part of gender. I guess that's why women get equally treated almost the same time as the civilized movement in 1911.

  • warrior


     4 days ago

    A Georgian would say about that vase that someone unintentionally broke that vase.

  • P F

    P F

     6 days ago

    Not interested with the talked about topic very boring

  • Abhinav Prakash

    Abhinav Prakash

     7 days ago +1

    I'm cognitive scientist and I'm agree about you but how much language affect the brain that's a intricate questions , we are searching the answers...

  • John Chege

    John Chege

     7 days ago

    I wonder what kind of discussion Robert Sapolsky and Lera Borodisky would have.

  • S K

    S K

     7 days ago

    hi parent

  • Majed Ahmed

    Majed Ahmed

     7 days ago

    More: How do you speak of langues when you dont know the origin, which the beginning or end Langues...! you speak about langues ho wit been used but Knot of it .. not what Is is like you go round and round...! you just firing blank..dont know what you saying ..! bla bla bla
    you can say the same word but you will never know the intention...! So intention matter which influence no matter which languages and how we say it ...! its the hidden which is running the show not what said or how...!
    A donkey still donkey even if he old PhD.....and speak many langues...! just another actor good or bad still actor...!

  • Majed Ahmed

    Majed Ahmed

     7 days ago

    we take for granted what been said or written is true is True...its only information; knowledge But : not your own experience ...!
    the Principle factor of Science is to have doupt and question...but not what she say...! its all dead have no values

  • Majed Ahmed

    Majed Ahmed

     7 days ago

    its how we think shaped us.....not the content ...its how not what we say ...!
    in nature there is no how or why ...only in human mind..!
    there different dimension to thinking no matter what you speak..---! its the quality...! depth...: Essences... !

  • Feel Kim

    Feel Kim

     7 days ago

    So hot

  • Vlad Moiseenkov

    Vlad Moiseenkov

     14 days ago

    Hi from 6 sept

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    ija ija

     14 days ago

    I love her dress & heels😁

  • gajanan kolekar

    gajanan kolekar

     14 days ago

    She is beautiful

  • DimaFromRussia1


     14 days ago

    когда я стал понимать английский я заметил что на этом языке я некоторые вещи понимаю иначе, но до того насколько знания языка позволяет по разному воспринимать настолько сильно, я даже подумать не мог, при том что всё это на поверхности

  • Abderrahim Cherrani

    Abderrahim Cherrani

     14 days ago

    Telling numbers in Hebrew & Arabic :
    When you like to tell a number from 11 to 99 you start from right to left and you say ( nine and ninety ) to mean 99
    But when you like to say a three compound number for instance , you start from the right , you shift to the left and then to the middle number
    To tell 234 you say ( / Two Hundred / Fore / and / Thirty / ) while in French or English you tell and write all kind of numbers orderly from right to left .
    If a language shapes the way people think , Jews & Arabs are then so strange and a bit insane ! Thy lack order in expressing numbers .
    I am Arab & Semetic !

  • BefitCaco


     14 days ago

    Chale, ¿y el wey de los minutos?