Location of Repository

The creative power of language in social cognition and intergroup relations.

By Robbie M. Sutton


This book chapter reviews the relation of language to thought and its implications for intergroup relations. Following recent advances in social psychology, the chapter argues that language, far from merely being a medium for the transmission of stereotypes and prejudices, has the power to create, augment, and transform them. In particular, I examine the implications of the ability of language to contain thought (like a vessel), to focus thought (like a lens), and to reveal thought (like a barometer)

Topics: BF
Publisher: Peter Lang
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:26135

Suggested articles



  1. (2007). A social psychological study of ethnonyms: Cognitive representation of the in-group and intergroup hostility. doi
  2. (1990). Androcentric coding of man and his in memory by language users. doi
  3. (2008). Communication and group perception: Extending the „saying is believing‟ effect. doi
  4. (1996). Communities, commonalities, and communication. In
  5. (2008). Could you mind your language? An investigation of communicators‟ ability to inhibit linguistic bias. doi
  6. (2001). Culture and social cognition: Toward a social psychology of cultural dynamics. In doi
  7. (2008). Derogatory language use in intergroup contexts: Are “gay” and “fag” synonymous? In doi
  8. (2003). How are stereotypes maintained through communication? The influence of stereotype sharedness. doi
  9. (2008). Language puzzles: A prospective retrospective on the Linguistic Category Model. doi
  10. (2008). Language, meaning, and social cognition. doi
  11. (2007). Language, stereotypes, and intergroup relations. In doi
  12. (2008). Language: A toolbox for sharing and influencing social reality. doi
  13. (2006). Reactions to internal and external criticism of outgroups: Social convention in the Intergroup Sensitivity Effect. Personality and doi
  14. (2008). Social identity and social convention in responses to criticisms of groups. In
  15. (1988). The cognitive functions of linguistic categories in describing persons: Social cognition and language. doi
  16. (1912). The elementary forms of religious life. doi
  17. (2007). The magic spell of language: Linguistic categories and their perceptual consequences. doi
  18. (2008). Untangling the web: Deceptive responding in fear of crime research. In
  19. (2006). When what you say about others says something about you: Language abstraction and inferences about describers‟ attitudes and goals. doi
  20. (1997). Words as weapons: When do they wound? doi

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.