Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Whorf? Crosslinguistic Differences in Temporal Language and Thought

  title={Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Whorf? Crosslinguistic Differences in Temporal Language and Thought},
  author={D. Casasanto},
  journal={Language Learning},
  • D. Casasanto
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology
  • Language Learning
  • The idea that language shapes the way we think, often associated with Benjamin Whorf, has long been decried as not only wrong but also fundamentally wrong-headed. Yet, experimental evidence has reopened debate about the extent to which language influences nonlinguistic cognition, particularly in the domain of time. In this article, I will first analyze an influential argument against the Whorfian hypothesis and show that its anti-Whorfian conclusion is in part an artifact of conflating two… CONTINUE READING
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