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How does language shape cognition?

I looked at this relationship through the lens of gestures! Gestures provide a “window on the mind” (Goldin-Meadow, 2003) To be able to answer this question, I started by studying language and gesture production systems, as gestures provide a “window on the mind”. I targeted the Persian language as it is understudied and also I speak it. I collected data from many Farsi-speaking adults as they described different types of motion events (jumping toward a door). I particularly focused on how they phrased and verbalized the events and how they gestured as they talked (gest