Wonder Woman is a superhero of many talents: She’s got incredible strength and speed, and she seems to be both indestructible and immortal. But her most underrated skill of all is her ability to speak countless languages. In Wonder Woman, audiences see her omnilingualism at work as she switches from reading ancient Sumarian to chatting up village locals in French. Recent research suggests that her linguistic aptitude may also explain how she manages to skirt the constraints of time. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers at Lancaster University explain that people’s perceptions of time differ, depending on what language they speak. For people fluent in many different languages, however, thinking about time depends on what language they’re thinking in. This, says the study authors, means that bilinguals have a cognitive flexibility that other people don’t have.
Immortality and language fluidity must make the concept of time very strange for Wonder Woman.
“The fact that bilinguals go between these different ways of estimating time effortlessly and unconsciously fits in with a growing body of evidence demonstrating the ease with which language can creep into our most basic senses, including our emotions, our visual perception and now it turns out, our sense of time,” wrote study co-author and linguist Panos Athanasopoulus, Ph.D., in The Conversation. #languages #bilingualism #omnilingualism #wonderwoman #superhero #movie #film #subtitles #subtitling #languages #french #english #turkish #spanish
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