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Presentation Information     2018-03-05 (14:15)   •  4307

Speaker Gunilla Borgefors  (CBA)
Title Language complexity, spatial reasoning and thinking in genders
Abstract The seminar is a continuation of the one where I talked about language, colour names and colour perception. This time I will start by diving into deep language, then continue disproving a politically correct but erroneous assumption about language complexity. I will show that how spatial relationships are described and the gendering of nouns influence thinking (similar to colour names and colour perception). The main insight of the seminar is that it matters more what you have to say than what you can say, that linguists have made grammar more difficult than necessary, and that several well-known linguists and politicians are wrong.