I believe that there is no basis to the claim that vocabulary may totally influence us in viewing the world. The weaker version of Sapir-Whorf proves that language is rather shapes our thinking and behavior. In addition, language can provide new ideas
Though I concede that language shapes our thought, I still maintain a view that language might not always be powerful enough in certain situations. I have had several encounters where language has the potential to really hurt someone, or even me.
Lera Boroditsky, a professor at Stanford, introduces readers to the question of whether a person’s language can shape their thought processes and views of the world around them through her research conducted at Stanford and MIT. Boroditsky explores further into the questioning about a language’s influence in her article “Lost in Translation”. Boroditsky proves to an audience of broad audience of scholars and people interested in cultural psychology that a person’s language not only influences the way a person thinks but can change a person’s perception of the world and media around them. Lera Boroditsky, through her use of rhetorical questions, comparisons, and addressing the counterargument achieves her purpose of proving that language does
Language does influence the thoughts of the speaker and his or her view of the world. Many have urged that large differences in language lead to large differences in experience and thought. The difference between this view and the determinism view is that language does not limit our actions and thoughts. It only influences our thoughts and actions. Where previously the stronger view say thought is restricted by language, the weaker view say the opposite.
She subverts language in a rather complex play of words employing it as a powerful tool for the survival and continuance of existence for the voiceless. It becomes a means of identity construction as much as a tool of empowerment, for the marginalized to overcome their traumatic experiences. Key words: Toni Morrison, Suppressed Self, I INTRODUCTION Language whether written or spoken does influence in the construction of our thoughts. It is a wide knowledge that the relationship between thoughts and language is interactive; both processes continuously influencing each other in many ways. Literature which has often reflected on society’s experiences and perceptions has also fostered ways of thinking.
Cristoph Harbsmeier is talkig about ‘the influence of language on thought, how we are influenced ... in our ways of being and of feeling by our language.” He is also interested into the relationship between multilingualism and emotions as the bilingualism took a very important place in many people’s lives, imposing itself as society had suffered some changes in time. As François Grosjean says in Life with Two Languages . An Introduction to Bilingualism:”bilingualism is present in practically every country of the world, in all classes of society, and in all age groups.” (François Grosjean, Life with Two Languages .An Introduction to Bilingualism, Web) because it is a phenomenon from which language has extended and which has been there from its genesis due to the fact that there has been existed a contact between languages and groups of people speaking a language or another, which turned into a form of bilingualism. Also, I argue that language has a really big impact on people, naturally, because we cannot live in the absence of it. Harbsmeier’s idea that language has an influence on thoughts can be exemplified with Roman Jackobson’s communication situation: the receiver that gets the information from the sender is doing this by a code( a component of the message) which is made by words of a specific language through a channel is a context.
Norman Fairclough, one of the major researchers in discourse analysis believes that discourse is more important today than any other time in human history. He believes that language may have a more important role to play in modern sociolinguistics (Young & Fitzgerald, 2006, p. 8). He introduced the concept of synthetic personalisation. It is important to note the role played by the use of language and especially in this day and age. Recent sociolinguistics have made a huge impact in the daily activities that we participate in, and in combining the use of language and in our social activities that we participate in.
2. Discuss specific ways in which one’s morphology may be influenced by the dialect one is speaking. A person 's morphology is based on the way they form their words. Dialect has an influence a person 's grammar and vocabulary which are key outcomes of morphological development. Morphological variations are seen in dialects of one language.
Languages are complex because they are made up of many components. Some components include the culture, meaning, and interpretation. The way people understand language has to do mostly with their culture and their understanding of what is being said. Also, depending upon where someone is raised, the pronunciation of certain words can be different and therefore it influences the understanding. My goal in this paper is to demonstrate that language and culture are intertwined.
Around one-third of the world’s languages consider spaces in these ‘absolute’ terms rather than the ‘relative’ ones we use in English, according to Boroditsky. Even basic aspects of time perception can be affected by language. English speakers would refer to the time span in terms of length, ‘That was a long meeting,’ or ‘That was a short, quick meal,’ while Spanish and Greek speakers depend on terms of amount such as, ‘much’, ‘big,’ rather than ‘short or ‘long.’ Languages also interfere in elementary aspects of visual sense perception which is our ability to distinguish colours. Varied languages split up the colour spectrum differently; some make more distinctions and have a greater vocabulary for the various shades than others and the borders most often don't add up across languages. In Russian there is no single word that covers all the colours that English speakers call "blue."