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  Maria Rubez. The influence of language on Chinese culture and thought
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Maria Rubez. The influence of language on Chinese culture and thought

The paper considers the problem of the connection between language and thought mostly from the perspective of how language influences thought and cultural phenomena.

The research is based on the conception of cerebral asymmetry and the fact that Mandarin as opposed to many other languages is predominantly lateralized in the right hemisphere. This leads to the question of the language reform in China and possible romanization of Chinese language.

The author presents examples demonstrating the influence of Mandarin on Chinese culture and shows how the language reform changes this connection between people and the language they speak.