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Why Can it Be Hard to Perceive Emotions in Unknown Languages Very Different From Our Own?

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Elia lives in northern Arizona, alongside the Navajo Nation. He grew up in France and learned English as a second language, but he knows very little Navajo. When he overhears Navajo being spoken, he has a hard time picking up any emotional tones at all, such as anger or sadness, or even perceiving whether he’s hearing a question or a statement. Why might that be? This is part of a complete episode.

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