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University of Toronto St. George
Ana Perez- Leroux

stJLP315Lecture 4February 1 2012Language and CognitionCompare across different languages because the shape of the language itself affects the time at which the languagespecific traits can be learnedThis does not indicate when a child has the potential to learn itEx German has a lot of irregular gender typeswhereas French has fairly clearer indicatorsIs language development uniform across the worldthere are profound commonalities language type affects the rate of development overall no language is more difficultex Certain types of language are more verb biased Korean and some are more noun biased Englishyou cant make a conclusion that something is harder than something else because everything is relative to the specific languageLanguage and ThoughtLinguistic determinismthe semantic structure of a language shapes or limits the ways in which a speaker forms conceptions of the worldexamples Eskimo words for snow Hopi sense of timeWhorfthe many ways of talking about language in Inuktituthe said there were 8 examples which could be traced to 2 roots for snowDoes the In
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