In this National Public Radio (NPR) podcast, Hidden Brain, host Shankar Vedantam explores how the languages we speak influence the way we think. His guest is Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive science professor at the University of California, San Diego.
The two discuss how the languages we speak can have an effect on our perception of the world, including the experience of time and how we think of gender.
In the podcast, Vedantam probes Boroditsky on how bilingual and multilingual speakers operate. She responds that those working in two languages may actually have two different minds. In what may be relevant for many Indians with a working grasp of multiple languages, she says those who operate in more than one language don’t actually turn off the language that they are not using. The language in use merely becomes more prominent.