Linguistic Relativity

Seeing the World Through Words

  1. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

    Idea that the structure and rules of a language influences how its speakers see the world. There are 2 different versions to this theory.

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  2. Strong Version

    Language determines thought --> linguistic categories limit/define cognitive categories

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  3. Weak Version

    Language influences thought and some non-linguistic behavior

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  4. For example...

    Do we see colors differently based on the number of color words we have in our language?

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  5. Does language shape how we think? Linguistic relativity & linguistic determinism -- Linguistics 101

    From the "Sapir-Whorf hypothesis" to modern psychology, get a quick feel for this ongoing debate. Is language about grammatical universal...

  6. Data-driven support

    Some researchers have (sometimes inadvertently) found support for this theory in their research. There are multiple examples of this but ...

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  7. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

    Since its inception in the 1920s and 1930s, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis has caused controversy and spawned research in a variety of discip...

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