Babies and mud huts: an exploration of linguistic relativity with Ally Grandison

Monday 15th September 2014

Ally is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey and is the Director of the Surrey Baby Lab. Much of her research has investigated a phenomenon known as linguistic relativity, which is the idea that the language we speak shapes the way we think about or experience the world. The notion of linguistic relativity has been hotly debated within the public and academic arenas and has been a topic of focus in recent television documentaries and radio discussions, in literary works such as George Orwell’s 1984 and in numerous research publications. This talk will take you on a journey over the rainbow, from the green hills of Surrey to the deserts of Africa and through the mind of an infant, to explore how language and thought interact and whether or not our views of the world are indeed influenced by the language that we speak.

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