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Funzing Talks | Does Your Language Control You?

Funzing Talks | Does Your Language Control You?

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  • Raffles Place 9, Singapore
Suitable for: Adults
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Does your language influence-or even control-your very thoughts? Join us for a scintillating night as we delve deep into the spookier aspects of language. You'll never think about language the same way again...

In this talk we'll look at how much we rely on our language to frame our understanding of the world. You'll be surprised to see how different languages choose to express or emphasise seemingly basic aspects of experience like gender, direction and colour!

Some languages, including Classical Chinese, lack separate words for 'blue' and 'green'. Meanwhile, Eskimos are said to have dozens of words for snow. What do we make of these oddities?

Do differences in our words reflect differences in thought? In other words, do speakers of Chinese view the world differently from speakers of English, Malay, Tamil, and other languages of the world-or do we all talk differently but think somewhat the same?

What would happen if people purposely changed the language we use? Would they be able to improve or impair our thinking as in the film Arrival or the novel 1984. Examining insights from research on 'linguistic relativity' and examples from literature and popular culture, we'll uncover just how much our words affect our lives!

Lucy Day Werts Hobor holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. She writes English lessons for kindergarten and primary students for a local company. She has also worked as a phonics and reading teacher, as a programmer and project manager for a web development company, as an editor for an online news portal, and as a project manager at an academic book publisher. She loves English, foreign languages, and language in general. She reads a lot! She is working intermittently on a young-adult fantasy novel and various websites, including a blog at spjg.com

Funzing Talks is a fresh new concept making “TEDx” talks more accessible.

Held in trendy, central venues, Funzing Talks are the perfect way to spend an evening after work. Be prepared to be inspired, bemused and downright having a blast at our events! Delve into scintillating new subjects and challenge your perspectives over beer with like-minded Singaporeans! Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say, Just Do It – you never know where it might lead you!

Venue: Distrii - An integrated smart workspace & office solutions provider, Distrii redefines the coworking experience through its technology coupled with a dynamic community. From workspace to office solutions, Distrii promises to create a hassle free working environment.
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.
*No tickets will be sold at the door.
*This is an indoor event. Read Less
Does your language influence-or even control-your very thoughts? Join us for a scintillating night as we delve deep into the spookier aspects of language. You'll never think about language the same way again... In this talk we'll look at how much... Read More
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