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ERIC Number: EJ908265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Do English and Mandarin Speakers Think about Time Differently?
Boroditsky, Lera; Fuhrman, Orly; McCormick, Kelly
Cognition, v118 n1 p123-129 Jan 2011
Time is a fundamental domain of experience. In this paper we ask whether aspects of language and culture affect how people think about this domain. Specifically, we consider whether English and Mandarin speakers think about time differently. We review all of the available evidence both for and against this hypothesis, and report new data that further support and refine it. The results demonstrate that English and Mandarin speakers do think about time differently. As predicted by patterns in language, Mandarin speakers are more likely than English speakers to think about time vertically (with earlier time-points above and later time-points below). (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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