The relation between language, culture, and thought

Mutsumi Imai, Junko Kanero, Takahiko Masuda
<span title="">2016</span> <i title="Elsevier BV"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/pjfnixhcvneptoiprwvzhcdofq" style="color: black;">Current Opinion in Psychology</a> </i> &nbsp;
The relationship between culture, language, and thought has long been one of the most important topics for those who wish to understand the nature of human cognition [1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7][8][9][10] [11] [12] . This issue has been investigated for decades across a broad range of research disciplines. However, there has been scant communication across these different disciplines, a situation largely arising through differences in research interests and discrepancies in the definitions of key
more &raquo; ... terms such as "culture," "language," and "thought" [13] . Researchers who investigate the so-called Whorfian hypothesis within the tradition of cognitive psychology generally focus on the influence of particular segments of language (e.g., particular lexical or grammatical categories) on perception, categorization, and knowledge representation [10, 14, 15] , and do not consider how the linguistic categories under investigation are rooted in a broader cultural value system nor do they consider how language-specific cognition interacts with culture-specific thinking styles. Cognitive psychologists often use the term "culture" to mean "a
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