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Speak English, Be Poor?

Postby Slava » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:05 pm

It sounds a bit off to me, but someone's trying to say that certain languages make for better planning for the future.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21518574

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Re: Speak English, Be Poor?

Postby Perry Lassiter » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:14 pm

This is the first article I remember reading that demonstrates how language can affect thought. I have long heard that it does, but haven't found just how it does. The closest I've come to it is a book called Hebrew Thought Compared to Greek, which is an excellent discussion of the thought but I don't remember it relating the differences to the language itself. Do any of you know books that deal with the effect of language and grammar on thought?
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Re: Speak English, Be Poor?

Postby gailr » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:24 pm

Can he show socioeconomic statistics to support his hypothesis?
If not, it sounds a bit like the economic equivalent of phrenology.
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Re: Speak English, Be Poor?

Postby bnjtokyo » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:25 am

This theory sounds pretty dubious to me. Small data set. Do the results rise to statistical significance? And Professor Chen may also suffer from cultural bias.
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