In the newest Video-Fix, we look at how languages shape the way we think. Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares in the following funny and interesting Ted Talk what it means to think differently in other languages through scientific data.
Did you for example know that an Aboriginal community in Australia uses the cardinal directions (north, east, south and west) instead of left and right? Or that there are multiple words for blue in Russian? Some languages even have masculine and feminine words, which may differ from other language’s interpretation. Meanwhile, some languages do not have exact number-words to count and calculate.
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Communication Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament in Luxembourg. Holds a BA in English and IT-based Marketing and Communication from the University of Southern Denmark. Mads finished his BA with a thesis in Search Engine Optimisation and E-commerce. He has hands on experience in web communication, SEO, administration and logistics.