Tid: Torsdag 6 november 2014, kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


The question of whether the language we speak shapes the way we think, also known as linguistic relativity, has been a central topic in a number of research disciplines, ranging from linguistics and philosophy to anthropology and psychology. Whereas empirical research into linguistic relativity was scarce up until the 1990s, the past two decades have seen a remarkable surge in experimental studies on the effects of language on cognition. By directly operationalizing linguistic influences on cognitive processes using behavioral and neurophysiological techniques, modern studies have explored the linguistic relativity principle in a number of perceptual domains, such as color, number, time, and space. While most of the current research has focused on monolingual speakers, the issue of language and thought in speakers of more than one language has up until recently remained peripheral. In this talk, I will review recent findings on bilingualism and thought, in an attempt to provide an answer to the following question: if speakers of different languages think differently, what happens when you learn a new language? In doing so, I will also showcase several methodological advantages gained from studying linguistic relativity through the lens of bilingualism.

Emanuel Bylund Spångbergs hemsida


Ljuba Veselinova