Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm not so sure ...

... HOW DOES OUR LANGUAGE SHAPE THE WAY WE THINK? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

It seems to me that the language (in the case, say, of the Kuuk Thaayorre) could simply derive from how the world is perceived in the first place. Presumably, these people live in an environment where orienting yourself is of paramount importance, and their language reflects that. Of course, since language is passed down to us, we see the world in terms of the perceptions incorporated into that language. It could well be worthwhile to question that perpective from time to time.

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