Li levinson relativism might be wrong maybe its

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Unformatted text preview: s that prefer relative and intrinsic reference? Space   Tzeltal Mayan: prefers absolute frame of reference   uphill   downhill   lateral Space   Dutch   mostly uses relative   uses absolute only for large distances Spatial configuration of objects Spatial configuration of objects Paths of motion Paths of motion Space   The language you speak appears to affect the way you recall spatial relations and paths of motion Controversy   Linguistic relativism fight! Li!! Levinson!! Relativism might be wrong   Maybe it’s actually cultural, not linguistic relativism   Maybe relativistic effects using language aren’t actually relativism; other cognitive systems might still be modular   Maybe the relativistic phenomena are small, marginal effects, dwarfed by massive universality   Maybe purported evidence for relativism is actually the result of different interpretation of the task/instructions Relativism might be wrong   Maybe it’s actually cultural, not linguistic relativism   That is, maybe people think differently because of where they live, and as a result, they talk differently   If this is true, then the physical environment could affect spatial reasoning Animals in a row task Absolute Relative Animals in a row—original results...
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