Differences Between Language And Language

887 Words Feb 18th, 2016 4 Pages
A language is a tool that allows the human to communicate with other people, and it sometimes distinguish one another. Some may think communicating with a different language means only people have a different way to convey their ideas, but a language is worth more than people usually consider according to Lera Boroditsky. She researched on the effect of language on human and concluded that the language shapes the human’s conception and one’s identity. Her claim is presented by the two different texts; Lost in Translation by The Wall Street Journal and Does Language Shape Thought?: Mandarin and English Speakers’ Conceptions of Time. Though both texts are written by the same author, Lera Boroditsky, there are some differences between two texts. Since the purpose of each text is different, readers can easily distinguish two texts in terms of the writing style. Lost in Translation, which is a newspaper article, is intended to be read by the audience, including non-experts and experts. In this article, Boroditsky attempts to inform what she found during her research. However, her research article, Does Language Shape Thought?: Mandarin and English Speakers’ Conceptions of Time, supports why her claim is right, and the intended readers are most likely experts on languages; she presents her claim with experiments that support the idea and finally makes a conclusion. Because both texts are written in different genres, there are different ways how the author interacts her idea with…
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