Content Advisory

Content Advisory: Whereas: this blog occasionally employs "colorful language,"

may also occasionally contain implicit and explicit references to

tobacco, alcohol, and other substances, as well as sexuality,

and favors logic over dogma, any or all of which may offend some,

and whereas I may occasionally give disclaimers,

but I do NOT give "trigger warnings,"

therefore, be it resolved that: this blog is intended for mature readers.

However, this blog is not age-restricted.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Do Different Languages Confer Different Personalities?

From the "Johnson" language blog at The Economist:

Many multilinguals report different personalities, or even different worldviews, when they speak their different languages.

It’s an exciting notion, the idea that one’s very self could be broadened by the mastery of two or more languages. In obvious ways (exposure to new friends, literature and so forth) the self really is broadened. Yet it is different to claim—as many people do—to have a different personality when using a different language.  A former Economist colleague, for example, reported being ruder in Hebrew than in English. So what is going on here?

Benjamin Lee Whorf, an American linguist who died in 1941, held that each language encodes a worldview that significantly influences its speakers.

Read more:
Johnson: Do different languages confer different personalities?


Mind Hacks points out:

... bilingual speakers may have different associations with each language – for example, home and work – and so come to associate different sorts of social behaviours with each.

With every language, a personality?


SuccubaSuprema writes:
I'm personally inclined rather strongly to agree with the Whorfian view.


No comments:

Post a Comment