Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
On Call You And Yours we ask: Is it worthwhile learning another language? What are the biggest advantages of being multilingual and why do many of us struggle?
A collection of Talks Tagged on Language in TED.com
For a long time, the idea that language might shape thought was considered at best untestable and more often simply wrong. Research in my labs at Stanford University and at MIT has helped reopen this question. We have collected data around the world: from China, Greece, Chile, Indonesia, Russia, and Aboriginal Australia. 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.
Our consensus world view and understanding of reality is strongly influenced by the nature and structure of language, which imposes a “filter” on our perceptions and understanding.