Can a mind have two time lines? Exploring space-time mapping in Mandarin and English speakers

Miles, Lynden K., Tan, Lucy, Noble, Grant D., Lumsden, Joanne and Macrae, C. Neil (2011) Can a mind have two time lines? Exploring space-time mapping in Mandarin and English speakers. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18 3: 598-604. doi:10.3758/s13423-011-0068-y


Author Miles, Lynden K.
Tan, Lucy
Noble, Grant D.
Lumsden, Joanne
Macrae, C. Neil
Title Can a mind have two time lines? Exploring space-time mapping in Mandarin and English speakers
Journal name Psychonomic Bulletin and Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1069-9384
1531-5320
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3758/s13423-011-0068-y
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 598
End page 604
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
2700 Medicine
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3205 Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Formatted abstract
Spatial representations of time are a ubiquitous feature of human cognition. Nevertheless, interesting sociolinguistic variations exist with respect to where in space people locate temporal constructs. For instance, while in English time metaphorically flows horizontally, in Mandarin an additional vertical dimension is employed. Noting that the bilingual mind can flexibly accommodate multiple representations, the present work explored whether Mandarin-English bilinguals possess two mental time lines. Across two experiments, we demonstrated that Mandarin-English bilinguals do indeed employ both horizontal and vertical representations of time. Importantly, subtle variations to cultural context were seen to shape how these time lines were deployed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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