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How the language you speak changes your view of the world

 The Conversation 01 June 2019

New research suggests that bilinguals can view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in, writes Panos Athanasopoulos, Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. For example, he says the worldview assumed by German speakers is a holistic one – they tend to look at the event as a whole – whereas English speakers tend to zoom in on the event and focus only on the action. People also say they feel like a different person when using their different languages and that expressing certain emotions carries different emotional resonance depending on the language they are using. (875 Words) - By Panos Athanasopoulos - Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University

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