How Does Language Shape The Way We Think?

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In the essay “How Does Language Shape the Way We Think?” the author, Lera Boroditsky, attempts to show the direct correlation between the language one person speaks and the way in which that specific person views the world around them. The essay includes many other researchers in the field and in doing so incorporates them into the essay, as a way of giving more information and statics on the topic. Borodisky additionally allows the reader to connect all of the points she makes in her essay together, meaning some of the inferencing is done on the part of the reader, which in turns makes the essay adaptable to each reader. This adaptability or play in the connections of ideas allows “How…Think” to be understood for a wider variety of…show more content…
She then goes on to entangle a large array of differing academic and scientific disciplines into the study on the effects of language has on the way individuals think; which is stated she writes “philosophers…religion.” Additionally, she reveals which languages are being primarily tested and therefore will be given as proves in her essay. The combination of such, entanglements and earlier revelation gives an enhancement for credibility to the essay and moreover to the purpose of understanding the truths of the questions she brought up in the introduction of the essay. It therefore shows the larger scope in the argument, thus the reader is now more likely invest more than a glance at the points the essay in bringing out. Meaning the reader will become more mentally aware of their own perspective on the way they live their lives, moreover compounding the attraction of the reader into the essay as a whole and the points in which it brings up. In the first example Boroditsky offers to the reader is the way language act, more specifically the way different languages have rules for verbs. She states this most striking in “Russians. verb completion”, this discusses how different use verbs. She then goes on to make a counter argument by stating, “...aren’t...they’re not talking about them.” However, in placing the counter argument at the end of the idea she causes the ideas of the counter to be dismissed by the reader. The
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