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Revista signos

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TILLMAN, Richard; LANGSTON, William  y  LOUWERSE, Max. Attribution of responsibility by Spanish and English speakers: How native language affects our social judgments. Rev. signos [online]. 2013, vol.46, n.83, pp.408-422. ISSN 0718-0934.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-09342013000300006.

The relationship between language and thought has received a great deal of attention in linguistics. An increasing amount of empirical literature now suggests that our native language can affect how we think about the world around us. The present study asked two groups of participants to read the same story and to judge the attribution of the responsibility of a character in the story who may have caused an accident. One group of participants consisted of native Spanish speakers reading a Spanish version of the text; the other group consisted of native English speakers reading an English version of the text. The results showed that the native language of the participant yielded a subtle, but significant, indicator of attribution of responsibility. This finding supports the linguistic relativity hypothesis, which states that one’s native language affects the way one conceptualizes the world.

Palabras clave : Linguistic relativity; Whorf; attribution of responsibility; agentive; cross- cultural.

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