How language shapes our thoughts

Language and thought

DO IT SOON What’s up? Language works by providing labels. This is especially true for concepts that we cannot see or touch. But we still don’t really understand how language works in shaping the meaning of these more abstract concepts.
What’s new?  Concrete concepts such as “banana” and abstract ones such as “freedom” differ in many ways. To get a grasp of this difference, Google the words “banana” and “freedom” and compare the images that are returned. Despite the fact that around 70% of the words we use on a daily basis designate abstract concepts, most scientific theories that address the big question of how language works in the brain are based on analyses of words denoting concrete concepts only.
So what? A great academic debate revolves around this topic. Read about it.
SOURCEThe Conversation

 

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