If you were asked in say, French, would you sacrifice one man to save five? Your answer is (studies prove) that you will be much more ready to display a charitable nature, than in you were asked in your native tongue,
Whatever your answer, it should not depend on whether you were asked the question in your native language or a foreign tongue so long as you understood the problem.
And yet there is evidence that people using a foreign language make substantially more utilitarian decisions when faced with such moral dilemmas.
This stems from the reduced emotional response elicited by the foreign language, consequently reducing the impact of intuitive emotional concerns. In general, studies suggest that the increased psychological distance of using a foreign language induces a 'higher' moral response This shows that moral judgments can be heavily affected by an orthogonal (statistically independent) property to moral principles,
These findings binding language to moral sentiments suggest that it is relevant to hundreds of millions of individuals on a daily basis