Caleb Everett – A Myriad of Tongues: How Languages Reveal Differences in How We Think

The Dissenter | 11 March 2024 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Caleb Everett about his book A Myriad of Tongues: How Languages Reveal Differences in How We Think. Discusses how people sometimes assume too much universality in language, and where linguistic diversity stems from; how people talk about time, numbers, space and directions, social relationships, and colours and odours; how the environment influences the evolution of languages, focusing on the example of extreme ambient aridity, and whistled languages; the limitations of studying grammatical patterns in idealized and written sentences; whether words are arbitrary, and if we can accurately translate every word and expression; the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, and the broader study of universality and diversity in human cognition.

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