It has long been known in the field of neurophysiology that specific activities are controlled in specific parts of the brain. It has been furthermore widely believed that the brain's left hemisphere is the main, if not exclusive, language center, controlling such activities as speech and writing with the right hand, while the right hemisphere controls such activities as smell, spatial construction, and nonverbal ideation. However, this article concludes that the claim of a universal dichotomy of "right/wrong" in languages is false and that these allegedly universal connotations are not present in the languages of East and Central Asia.
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Second International Symposium of Mongolian Studies, KoKeqota, Inner Mongolia
Schwarz, Henry G., "Left and Right: Investigating a Scientific Claim" (1991). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 41.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Language, Universal; Linguistics; Binary principle (Linguistics)
Asia, Central; Asia, Eastern