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Language and the perception of Space, Motion and Time

Fulga, Angelica (2012) Language and the perception of Space, Motion and Time. Concordia Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, 3. pp. 26-37. ISSN 2292-4248

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Abstract

This literature review analyzes articles on the perception of space, motion and time across speakers of typologically different languages (L1s). The purpose of this analysis is to explore evidence of native language influence on speakers’ perception and conceptualization of these cognitive domains. The analysis revealed that although languages may not encode all the cognitive aspects of space and motion, there is no difference among speakers with regard to the conceptualization and perception of these two domains. On the other hand, language-specific encodings of time seem to influence the speakers’ perception of this domain, so it was concluded that language may affect abstract thought in general. Possible consequences for second language acquisition are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Concordia Working Papers in Applied Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Linguistic relativity
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 86234
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 08 May 2017 15:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2017 00:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/86234

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