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Valeria Gonzalez

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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: I have never thought of how language shapes our perception of time. But I have looked at how different cultures relationship to time is different. And I assume that their language reflects that difference.

    For instance in a culture that is dominated by the idea of reincarnation time is different to one which is dominate by the idea that this is our only chance. For instance, in Japan, the idea of performing the ultimate act of responsibility - Seppuku - is not as dramatic because they will be coming back. Where as in a culture where in this is our only chance ..... it is horrific. The same applies to our station in life. When a person believes that they will reincarnate, they are not in such a rush to have a materialistically better life, because they will. But when your chance to experience ends this time ..... there is more pressure.

    Anyway, I will ask my hubby - he is Japanese! I am looking forward to the conversation!
    • Nov 27 2011: That is so true! Culture can affect the conception of time in one´s life, but how is it reflected on the language?..
      Maybe your husband can come with an example for how he or his family express terms related to time differently because of their culture, and how it´s s hard for him to make a translation because it´s a very different concept.

      Thanks for your interest Terra!

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