Thursday, May 01, 2008
Kenneally, Christine. "When Language Can Hold the Answer." NEW YORK TIMES April 22, 2008.
In stark form, the debate was: Does language shape what we perceive, a position associated with the late Benjamin Lee Whorf, or are our perceptions pure sensory impressions, immune to the arbitrary ways that language carves up the world? Naming, Dr. Lupyan concluded, helps to create mental categories. . . . Read the whole article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/science/22lang.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin.