Movie night with linguistics and sci-fi

Can using the right language help save the world? We invite you to a talk and movie night at the Science Library - which both might answer this question.

What do the movie Arrival, Orwell’s Newspeak and the artificial language Toki Pona have in common?

They are all based on the idea that languages can influence -or even determine entirely- the way we think and process reality. The idea then is that if I am a speaker of Hopi, where there are no words for "time", I will start thinking of time as non-linear; if I speak Toki Pona, which is based on Taoism, I will be able to lead a simpler, more virtuous life.

Elena Callegari
Elena Callegari

But does the idea that languages can change someone's thought patterns truly have some merit? Can you really save the world, and your not so Zen lifestyle, by choosing to speak the right language? PhD-candidate Elena Callegari from Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages will discuss some of the evidence for and against this hypothesis in her talk.

The talk will be in English.

A relevant movie will be showed after the talk.

Published Apr. 11, 2018 4:20 PM - Last modified Apr. 23, 2018 10:45 AM