Imai & Masuda (2013)

Imai, M., & Masuda, T. (増田貴彦) (2013).
The role of language and culture in universality and diversity of human concepts.
In M. Gelfand, C-Y, Chiu, & Y-Y, Hong (eds.), Advances in culture and psychology (Volume 3), pp. 1-61. 
New York: Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780199930449
The influence of language and culture has been investigated across different research discipline such as anthropology, cognitive psychology, and cultural psychology, but such research all tends to ask whether the language (or culture) influences cognition in general, without clearly specifying what is meant by “language” or “culture.” This chapter proposes an alternative approach, whose aim is to specify a complex interplay among various factors–including unversal cognitive constraints, langage-specific biases, and culture-specific cognitive styles–to account for people’e behavior in a given cognitive task and the developmental trajectory of that behavior. To establish this point, four research programs examining the roles of language and culture in terms of construal and organization of object, relations among objects, and actions are reviewed.