The relation between language, culture, and thought

Mutsumi Imai, Junko Kanero, Takahiko Masuda

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Abstract

The relationship between culture, language, and thought has long been one of the most important topics for those who wish to understand the nature of human cognition. This issue has been investigated for decades across a broad range of research disciplines. However, there has been scant communication across these different disciplines, a situation largely arising through differences in research interests and discrepancies in the definitions of key terms such as 'culture,' 'language,' and 'thought.' This article reviews recent trends in research on the relation between language, culture and thought to capture how cognitive psychology and cultural psychology have defined 'language' and 'culture,' and how this issue was addressed within each research discipline. We then review recent research conducted in interdisciplinary perspectives, which directly compared the roles of culture and language. Finally, we highlight the importance of considering the complex interplay between culture and language to provide a comprehensive picture of how language and culture affect thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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