Does language guide event perception? Evidence from eye movements

@article{Papafragou2008DoesLG,
  title={Does language guide event perception? Evidence from eye movements},
  author={Anna Papafragou and Justin C. Hulbert and John C. Trueswell},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={108},
  pages={155-184}
}
Languages differ in how they encode motion. When describing bounded motion, English speakers typically use verbs that convey information about manner (e.g., slide, skip, walk) rather than path (e.g., approach, ascend), whereas Greek speakers do the opposite. We investigated whether this strong cross-language difference influences how people allocate attention during motion perception. We compared eye movements from Greek and English speakers as they viewed motion events while (a) preparing… CONTINUE READING
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