Is it true that the language I speak shapes my thoughts?
People have been asking this question for hundreds of years. Linguists have been paying special attention to it since the 1940’s, when a linguist named Benjamin Lee Whorf studied Hopi, a Native American language spoken in northeastern Arizona. Based on his studies, Whorf claimed that speakers of Hopi and speakers of English see the world differently because of differences in their language.
Seed: I Can’t Believe It’s Science (for May 28, 2007)
A new study published in the journal Science shows that four-month-old infants can discriminate between languages just by looking at the person who’s talking, but by eight months, only bilingual children retain this skill.