How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky | TED - 2018

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” Boroditsky says.

Creating bilingual minds | Naja Ferjan Ramirez | TEDxLjubljana - 2017

Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramirez is a researcher studying the brain processing of language in infants and young children. In her talk, she showcases the latest techniques to study the infant brain and explains why all babies have the full potential to learn two languages at the same time. She discusses the benefits of bilingual environments for language and brain development and describes what it takes to create bilingual minds.

Bilingualism and the Cultural Imperialism of language | Zoe Maria Pace | TEDxCardiffUniversity - 2019

Zoe asks the challenging question of “Why does everybody speak English?” and to what extent is that a result of a postcolonial hangover. Zoe will explore how globalisation has transformed our cultural identities, leading to English becoming the standard form of communication and how language has become a cultural currency. Zoe Pace is a dedicated third year Media and Communications student at Cardiff University with a passion for understanding the relationship between globalisation and sociocultural theory. Her unique cultural experience has given her the opportunity to give tailormade solutions to complex global phenomena.

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli - TedED - 2015

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.


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