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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Media: Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

Submitter: Mfon Udoinyang

Submitter Email: mfon@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science

Media Body: Though the issue of whether our first language (or mother tongue)
influences the way we think has been controversial, recent studies seem to
suggest that this might indeed be the case. A New York Times article of
August 26, 2010 by Guy Deutscher discusses this issue in detail:

Issue Number: 21.4033
Date Posted: October 12, 2010

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