1st Edition

The Linguistic Shaping of Thought A Study in the Impact of Language on Thinking in China and the West

By A. H. Bloom, Alfred H. Bloom Copyright 1981
    120 Pages
    by Psychology Press

    First published in 1981. Using his fourteen years of interaction with the Chinese language and its speakers the author has noted certain important differences between the Chinese mode of speaking and thinking and that of speakers of English. This study looks at the impact of these differences looking at how they increase the sensitivity to what Chinese speakers mean; how they heighten awareness of the biases implicit in the way English speakers speak and think; and how they challenge the assumption, currently lurking within the field of psychology, that languages have little impact on the shaping of cognitive life.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 The Distinctive Cognitive Legacies of English and Chinese; Chapter 2 Linguistic Initiatives in the Shaping and Functioning of Thought;


    A. H.Bloom Departments of Psychology and Linguistics
    Swarthmore College