Developing Language Discipline

In a remote area in North Queensland, Australia, an aboriginal tribe offers some insight into how critical language can be and how it shapes how we see the world and life in general. The Guugu Yimithirr tribe has a unique, almost magical ability to orient themselves and successfully navigate the world around them, no matter where they may be. They seem to have an invisible compass that enables them to feel Earth’s magnetic fields.

What’s the secret behind this tribe’s ability to know their location and direction at all times? The answer is simple: language. The language most of us use employs ...

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