Pinker Chapter 3

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Pinker: Language Instinct - Chapter 3 Pinker: Language Instinct - Chapter 3 Mentalese Mentalese Dr. Swathi Vanniarajan Ling 161: Psycholinguistics
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Orwell (1984) Orwell (1984) Elimination of undesirable words and so are the concepts Elimination of multiple meanings Retention of precise meaning
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Questions to think about Questions to think about What will happen when this happens? Is thought dependent on words? Do words determine thoughts?
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Linguistic determinism Linguistic determinism Stronger version Stronger version Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis of linguistics determinism states that people’s thoughts are determined by the categories made available by their language.
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Linguistic determinism Linguistic determinism Weaker version Weaker version The weaker version called linguistic relativity states that differences among languages cause differences in the thoughts of speakers. The foundational categories of reality are not in the world but are imposed by one’s culture. If I were constructions are absent in Chinese. The question is, - because you speak differently, do you also think differently?
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two frequently cited examples: Hopi language and Eskimo language - also family relationships
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Can thinking process be manipulated?
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