Hey folks! How’s everyone doing? Senior spring hasn’t hit me yet…. I have more work than ever ;(
Anyway, I have a loooong packet to read, but I thought I’d write a post or two before I forget. Yesterday’s homework for one of my English classes was to read this paper/article on how language shapes the way we think. It’s really interesting. It talks about how new research as revealed that “when we learn our mother tongue, we do after all acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.” That’s pretty true when you think about it.
The most interesting thing that I read and have NEVER in my entire life heard of was about a remote Australian “aboriginal” tongue called Guugu Yimithirr from north Queensland. They don’t use words like left, right, front or behind. They use cardinal directions, i.e. north, east, south, west. There was an example done where a speaker of Tzeltal from southern Mexico was blindfolded and then spun around more than 20 times in a darkened house. Once done, and still blindfolded and dizzy, he pointed without any hesitation where north, east, south or west was.
That was amazing to read. I’ve never heard anything like that before. I wondered how that is even possible. But then when I thought about it, it’s probably like how we know where left, right, behind and front are. We grew up learning them so it’s a no brainer for us. People who use cardinal directions probably grew up using them since they were babies so they know their directions by the back of their hands. So cool, man.
Well, I’m off to read the next part of our language reading packet thingy.