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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - January 02, 2014

How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World

By Alan Yu

"It's on the left," he says. "No, it's southeast of here," she says.

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.

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