Language in our brain: the power of analogy


About the research

People are very good at making analogies: our brains can very quickly see similarities between two things and then draw comparisons. We're so good at it that we do it unconsciously. Marie-Anne Markey (KU Leuven), with the help of Boris Johnson & Jane Austen, explains how this can be seen in our language...

Marie-Anne Markey
KU Leuven

Even as a child, Marie-Anne Markey was the biggest chatterbox in the classroom. It came as a surprise to no one that she went on to study English and Dutch. At Kulak, the linguistics fever really got hold on her. Now she investigates how language changes, and especially how analogy (the power to see similarities and draw comparisons) plays a role in language change.

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