Can language slow down time?

What if the language you spoke caused you to perceive time differently? Does that sound like magic realism? Close: it’s economics. Some recent research papers published in economics journals – notably a 2013 paper by Keith Chen of Yale and a 2018 paper by three Australian economists – have proposed that languages that grammatically distinguish [...]

By |2018-08-06T17:16:16+00:00August 6th, 2018|Language, Linguistics, Time|0 Comments

Language alters our experience of time

It turns out, Hollywood got it half right. In the film Arrival, Amy Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is trying to decipher an alien language. She discovers the way the aliens talk about time gives them the power to see into the future – so as Banks learns their language, she also begins to [...]

By |2017-06-13T19:30:56+00:00June 14th, 2017|Language, Linguistics, Time|0 Comments