Furthermore, it is one of the most important languages used in the United States.
Dispatches on the Future of Science Edited By Max Brockman Humans communicate with one another using a dazzling array of languages, each differing from the next in innumerable ways. Do the languages we speak shape the way we see the world, the way we think, and the way we live our lives?
Do people who speak different languages think differently simply because they speak different languages? Does learning new languages change the way you think? Do polyglots think differently when speaking different languages?
These questions touch on nearly all of the major controversies in the study of mind. They have engaged scores of philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, and psychologists, and they have important implications for politics, law, and religion.
Yet despite nearly constant attention and debate, very little empirical work was done on these questions until recently. For a long time, the idea that language might shape thought was considered at best untestable and more often simply wrong.
We have collected data around the world: What we have learned is that people who speak different languages do indeed think differently and that even flukes of grammar can profoundly affect how we see the world.
Language is a uniquely human gift, central to our experience of being human.
Appreciating its role in constructing our mental lives brings us one step closer to understanding the very nature of humanity. I often start my undergraduate lectures by asking students the following question: Most of them pick the sense of sight; a few pick hearing.
Once in a while, a wisecracking student might pick her sense of humor or her fashion sense. Almost never do any of them spontaneously say that the faculty they'd most hate to lose is language.
Yet if you lose or are born without your sight or hearing, you can still have a wonderfully rich social existence. You can have friends, you can get an education, you can hold a job, you can start a family.
But what would your life be like if you had never learned a language? Could you still have friends, get an education, hold a job, start a family?
Language is so fundamental to our experience, so deeply a part of being human, that it's hard to imagine life without it.
But are languages merely tools for expressing our thoughts, or do they actually shape our thoughts? Most questions of whether and how language shapes thought start with the simple observation that languages differ from one another.
Let's take a very hypothetical example. Suppose you want to say, "Bush read Chomsky's latest book. In Russian you would have to alter the verb to indicate tense and gender. So if it was Laura Bush who did the reading, you'd use a different form of the verb than if it was George. In Russian you'd also have to include in the verb information about completion.
If George read only part of the book, you'd use a different form of the verb than if he'd diligently plowed through the whole thing.
In Turkish you'd have to include in the verb how you acquired this information: Clearly, languages require different things of their speakers.
Does this mean that the speakers think differently about the world?Eventually, in , a long-term linguistics professor at Gallaudet College, William Stokoe declared sign language a true language. In the end, the decision for Gallaudet College to retain sign language played an instrumental role in sign language's survival.
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