Language, writing and identity lifestyle


In the Micronesia region you will find different groups of people with their own identity and language.

For their part, many researchers have investigated how language can change the way people think or relate to the world around them.

Lera Boroditsky, professor of psychology at Stanford University and editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, said, “The idea that language could shape thinking has long been considered untestable at best and often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research shows that language does indeed have a profound impact on how we see the world. “

According to a new study by the University of Exeter in the UK, not only language but also writing style can provide clues about group identity.

“Switching between identities affects behavior in a variety of ways. In our study, we tracked which identity was active by focusing on language. We found that people not only change their writing style to impress their audience, but also change them based on the group identity that is influencing them at the time. “

The researchers “studied how people who are parents and feminists change their writing style when switching from one identity to another on anonymous online forums …”

“People are not just one thing – we change who we are, our identity from situation to situation,” said Dr. Miriam Koschate-Reis from the Department of Psychology and the Department of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at Exeter University.

In his dissertation on the screenplay of the Caroline Islands, submitted to the University of Hawaii in 1993, Alexander Johan de Voogt explained the importance of the indigenous language to local culture and identity.

There is a language for every place, wrote linguist Ryan Denzer-King on his blog site.

He added, “People are too quick to say, ‘Learn English if you want to live in America,’ even though most of our ancestors didn’t bother learning Cherokee or Delaware or Kitsai or Karuk when they came to America . Maybe we don’t like to think about such things because we don’t have these connections with our ancestors. My grandmother’s grandfather lived all his life in a place I have never seen and all his life spoke a language I cannot understand. Perhaps we are devaluing the link between language and place because most of us can never hope for it. “

Something to think about.