Geographic Languages – Does the Language we speak affect the way we think?

I heard a bit on Radiolab (about 32 minutes into the show) recently featured a story about a language that uses cardinal-directions in nearly every comment and discussion with each other.  They even use it in greetings, instead of hello they ask “Where are you going?”  and the person is expected to respond by saying that they are heading northwest, or whichever direction they are traveling.  They even track the direction when indoors.

A similar story from a different source than Radiolab (it’s not as detailed).


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