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Looking for Easy Book on Boroditsky Paradigm

Date Submitted: 10-May-2011
From: Diana Becker
Subject: Looking for Easy Book on Boroditsky Paradigm
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Notice: I am desperately trying to find an easy text to use to get a basic understanding of the so-called 'Boroditsky paradigm', regarding their personal claim that 'native language spatial metaphors for temporal relations structure the time domain." In the text I am currently using there is no real broad definition, only a few descriptions of her trials in comparison to the trials of the linguist researchers January and Kako (who doubtfully mentioned at the end of their texts that the results of Boroditsky ' cannot be used to support the Whorfian position').

I`d be delighted to hear from you soon.
Diana Becker