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On linguistic relativity and pro-environmental attitudes in tourism.

Kim, S. and Filimonau, V., 2017. On linguistic relativity and pro-environmental attitudes in tourism. Tourism management, 63 (December), 158 - 169.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2017.06.012


Language is a key cultural and cognitive attribute which can shape the way people think and behave. Research in economics has tested the influence of language on human consumption and found that languages that explicitly mark future events, i.e. so-called future-time-reference or strong FTR languages, may engage their speakers in less future-oriented attitudes and actions. This phenomenon is known as linguistic relativity. By applying its principles to tourism, this study investigated the impact of language on pro-environmental attitudes of tourists. Comparative analysis of Korean (strong FTR language) and Mandarin (weak FTR language) speaking tourists revealed substantial differences in attitudes. Although tourists possessed good knowledge on the environmental impacts of tourism, this knowledge did not translate into high pro-environmental attitudes for Korean speakers while it did for Mandarin. This suggests that language can shape the attitudes of tourists towards environmental impacts. Implications for management, policy-making and future research are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Linguistic relativity; Future Time Reference (FTR); Pro-environmental attitudes; Environmentally sustainable tourism; China; South Korea
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:29377
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Jun 2017 10:15
Last Modified:20 Jun 2019 01:08


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