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Does the Language We Speak Shape the Way We Think?

The idea that the language we speak shapes the way we see the world, a hypothesis known as linguistic relativity, has been debated for centuries. Although nowadays the strongest version of this principle has been abandoned, some linguists still support its weak version, claiming that language does influence our thought. Trace the development of... [More]
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<p>The idea that the language we speak shapes the way we see the world, a hypothesis known as linguistic relativity, has been debated for centuries. Although nowadays the strongest version of this

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Does Language Exert Power?

Power relationships are often manifested through language in a way that favours and maintains dominance of particular groups over others. At the same time, language power is manifested through its ability to influence others with words, and maintain national cohesion or conflict. An overview of the domains where power can be exerted and preserved... [More]

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History of The English Language

The history of the English language is a long and tortured tale. From its beginnings as a transported mongrel Germanic potpourri of dialects, through to its domination of the world as the predominant language of the 21st century, it has survived against all odds and flourished beyond all expectations. In this course we will track these up and downs... [More]

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