Of substance: the nature of language effects on entity construal.

@article{Li2009OfST,
  title={Of substance: the nature of language effects on entity construal.},
  author={Peggy Li and Yarrow Dunham and Susan Carey},
  journal={Cognitive psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={58 4},
  pages={487-524}
}
Shown an entity (e.g., a plastic whisk) labeled by a novel noun in neutral syntax, speakers of Japanese, a classifier language, are more likely to assume the noun refers to the substance (plastic) than are speakers of English, a count/mass language, who are instead more likely to assume it refers to the object kind [whisk; Imai, M., & Gentner, D. (1997). A… CONTINUE READING