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Future Marking and Health
1.       Abla
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 01 Oct 2012 Mon 11:21 am

I want to share an interesting article I came across with.

 

http://bigthink.com/Mind-Matters/obese-smoker-no-retirement-savings-perhaps-its-because-of-the-language-you-speak?page=all

 

It is about how grammatical structure of our native language may effect our behavior, course of life, even health. Professor Keith Chen of Yale University suggests that speakers of weak grammatical future reference (such as German or Mandarin) are more likely to gather savings and to take care of their health than speakers of languages with strong grammatical future marking (like Greek or English). The professor claims seeing present and future as one unity in the language also encourages people to more responsible behavior. His remarks are based on statistics.

 

Turkish distinguishes present and future times quite clearly. It is one of the strong future-time-reference (FTR) languages. What do you people think, does it show in the lifestyle also?



Edited (10/1/2012) by Abla

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