Where would you put tomorrow or Imagine this is lunch Where would you put

Where would you put tomorrow or imagine this is lunch

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Where would you put tomorrow?” or “Imagine this is lunch. Where would you put breakfast?” English speakers: left of the initial point Mandarin speakers: top of the initial point
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Language and Thought Lera Boroditsky experiments: Time and Space Experiment with buttons on the keyboard. Which one is faster? Second First First Second English speakers: (1) – fast, (2) – slow Mandarin speakers: (1) – fast, (2) – slow (1) (2)
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Language and Thought Lera Boroditsky experiments: Time and Space Experiment with buttons on the keyboard. Which one is faster? First Second Second First English speakers: no difference between (1) and (2) Mandarin speakers: (1) – fast, (2) – slow (1) (2)
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Language and Thought Lera Boroditsky experiments: Color terms: Russian has two words for “blue”: goluboj (light blue) and sinij (dark blue) Task: “Match the square on top to the one of the squares on the bottom” English speakers: speed (1) = speed (2) Russian speakers: speed of (1) > speed of (2) goluboj sinij (2) (1) blue
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Do the words we use influence how we think? Does using sexist language tend to make one think in a sexist manner? Waitress, stewardess, actress, bimbo… Steven Pinker coined the phrase the euphemism treadmill to describe the process in which euphemistic neologisms acquire all the negative associations of the words they were coined to replace. crippled > disabled > challenged > differently abled retarded > mentally handicapped fat > heavy > metabolically challenged short > vertically challenged
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Discussion Do euphemisms like “ sanitation engineer ” or administrative assistant ” make us think more positively about people holding those jobs? Does German word Schadenfreude (joy of seeing others suffer) mean that Germans have a special capacity for cruelty?
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