Cognitive Consequences of Linguistic Diversity
In his seminar, Professor Strömqvist will give a bird’s eye perspective on three decades of research – both observational and experimental – on aspects of how language influences thought. When we are building an utterance or a text, we are building a model of our thoughts on the conditions of the language and the medium in question, which are different for various languages (e.g. Swedish, Spanish, Tzeltal). This model is different for speech and writing, which has consequences for which information will be expressed, how we organise our attention when we are using the language and medium in question and what we remember.
This line of research can be extended to study, inter alia the early phases of the drafting process (poetry, drawings, mathematical proofs) and can be applied to digital information environments.
The seminar will be held in English.