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Book: The Cognitive Linguistics Reader

Chapter: Does Language Shape Thought? English and Mandarin Speakers' Conceptions of Time

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.31572


Whorfian effects, in the classical sense of diversity in non-linguistic cognition that is correlated with the diversity in semantic categories, are addressed in this chapter through the presentation of a series of experiments that show such a correlation with respect to conventional figurative expressions used in English and Mandarin for talking about temporal relations.

Chapter Contributors

  • Lera Boroditsky ( - lboroditsky) ''