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HOW DOES OUR NATIVE LANGUAGE AFFECT OUR CONCEPTION OF TIME?

Concepts, especially abstract concepts, such as TIME, are different depending on the language and culture.

I've been reading articles from Lera Boroditsky
http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~lera/

and I was wondering where else I could find information about the difference conceptions of time in different languages ​​and cultures and how these conceptions are reflected in the grammar of the language.

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  • Nov 16 2011: One thing that I find interesting is that sometimes we use time absolutes: The customer is "always" right, the bread "always" falls with the buttered side down, etc. We say "always" but in reality and what we mean is "usually" (at least for the buttered bread), but by expressing it as an absolute we might perceive it differently. I was reading an article about cognitive distortions where just by changing expressions like "I'm always stressed at work" by "I'm usually stressed at work" makes a difference in the perception of the amout of stress. It would be interesting to know if there's a language out there where things have to be expressed literally and how people perceive those things because of their language.
    • Nov 27 2011: Hello Jorge! Do you remeber where you read that article?
      I´ll check out cognitive distortions anyway, thank you very much!

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