Backs To The Future: Aymara Language And Gesture Point To Mirror-Image View Of Time
- Tell an old Aymara speaker to "face the past!" and you just might get a blank stare in return – because he or she already does
New analysis of the language and gesture of South America's indigenous Aymara people indicates a reverse concept of time.Contrary to what had been thought a cognitive universal among humans â€“ a spatial metaphor for chronology, based partly on our bodies' orientation and locomotion, that places the future ahead of oneself and the past behind â€“ the Amerindian group locates this imaginary abstraction the other way around: with the past ahead and the future behind.
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