A new study that looks at the ways in which words and meanings are connected to each other in 81 global languages has indicated that all languages may share a common underlying semantic structure. This suggests that the way in which humans conceptualize the world may be defined more by our intrinsic nature than by the various environmental, social, and historical contexts that lead to the creation of distinct cultures.
Though many people take language for granted, the reality is that the words we use say as much about the way that concepts are arranged within our brains as they do about the things they actually denote; they assign meaning to phenomena by picking out those attributes that seem most worthy of meaning to us. Subsequently, the fact that different languages use words to assign meanings in different ways has led to a long-running debate about whether humans naturally conceptualize the world in culturally relative – rather than universal – ways.
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