Does the we speak change the way we think? This TED talk by Lera Boroditsky looks at how structures like gendered nouns, or the way directions are described, might shape they way speakers of those languages think about things:

This talk was cited by Bill Venables in his excellent keynote talk at the useR!2018 conference, where he also presented the results of an elegant designed experiment that looked at the influence of gendered nouns by comparing languages without gendered nouns (like Hungarian) with those that have multiple genders for nouns like Spanish (which has feminine and masculine nouns) and German (which adds neuter nouns, for three genders total).

That’s all from us for this week. Have a great weekend, and we’ll be back next week. Enjoy!



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