words shape how we view the world

Monday, April 6, 2009

William Shakespeare may have said (through Juliet's lips): "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but Boroditsky thinks Shakespeare was wrong. Words, and classifications of words in different languages, do matter, she thinks.

In our broadcast, Boroditsky does an experiment — two bags, both filled with rose petals, but with different labels — that proves the Bard wrong. Or so she says.

The whole thing's here.


geoffrey said...

Wittgenstein called. He says for people to stop being derivative hacks.

What about languages whose nouns have no gender?