More on Language

Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist from Stanford University is taking the concept of Linguistic Relativity even further in her study of linguistic differences and their implications for human behavior. For example, in English, if a person were to knock a table and break a cup, one would say, “she broke the cup” but in Spanish the literal translation of the accident would be “the cup broke itself.” So as outlined in a recent issue of Stanford magazine, “Does the fact that one language tends to play the blame game while the other does not mean speakers of those languages think differently about what happened?” Lera’s ground-breaking work aims to find out.