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Language News: Bilinguals see the world in a different way, study suggests

Research by Athanasopoulos, Damjanovic, Krajciova, and Sasaki suggests that category differences in color naming affects people’s judgements about those colors.  Japanese has two different names for the part of the color spectrum that English speakers label as “blue.”  These researchers … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Today (February 21, 2011) is the 11th annual International Mother Language Day.  It’s the day that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) asks us to recognize and honor the strength that linguistic diversity brings us.   This blog has … Continue reading

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Chimps, Numbers, and the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

I’ve provided several posts recently on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, including a couple on how language differences might effect our perception of numbers.  Linguistic research seems to suggest that our language skills make us better able to perceive numbers, but here’s … Continue reading

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Language News: NPR covers language and numbers

Intro linguistics students are always fascinated with the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis–a theory about the degree to which language and thought intersect.  Of course, empirical testing of this theory can be somewhat difficult, but a few notable studies have tried.  Kay and … Continue reading

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