Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
SOURCES of KNOWLEDGE in LANGUAGE and THOUGHT
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
Abstract: It has long been recognized that language interacts with other cognitive systems. However, the nature and extent of these interactions is widely debated. In this talk, I will focus on the linguistic encoding of evidence for information (evidentiality) and how it relates to non-linguistic reasoning about information sources. In part one, I will examine how the acquisition of evidentiality is related to the development of source concepts in learners of Turkish- a language that grammatically encodes evidentiality. In part two, I will ask whether the way languages encode information sources affects source monitoring mechanisms in mature cognizers by comparing adult speakers of English and Turkish to understand which aspects of cognition are shared by speakers of different languages and which aspects may be susceptible to linguistic influences.