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Title: Is there any relationship between Language, Thought and Representation?
Paper URL: http://www.mjal.org/archived-articles.htm
Author: Iman Tohidian
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Institution: University of Kashan
Author: Ezatollah Tohidian
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Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: In this paper we are going to explore Saussure’s theories of the sign: that concepts and labels are essentially arbitrary, but are linked to form signs; that the value of signs comes from other signs in the language system; and that, to speakers, signs appear a natural and transparent way of representing reality. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis states that cultures have different values and their language usages reflect their different perceptions of reality (Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis). It also states that continuous usage of a particular language reinforces the perceptions encoded in the language so they become firmly entrenched and difficult to question. However, as our understanding that language can manipulate and direct our perceptions increases, so too does our ability to challenge usages and the perspectives behind them. So, here we explore the relationship between experience, perception and language. But first of all we define language as a system of representation and then we will consider the extent to which it informs our thoughts and analytical processes.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: MJAL 1:6 November 2009 ISSN 0974-8741
URL: http://www.mjal.org/archived-articles.htm


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