Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Examples and Definition - Video.
Kathryn Woolard, SLA President The question of linguistic relativity is the topic of an August 29, 2010 New York Times magazine article, “You Are What You Speak” Many linguistic anthropologists were surprised by the article’s representation of Benjamin Lee Whorf’s ideas and by the scant reference to the longstanding tradition of research in linguistic anthropology.
The role of “local component” is played, I will argue, by Lakoff’s idea of conceptual metaphor, which I’ll explain in a minute. The foundation of conceptual metaphor though, is a somewhat controversial (and in a strict form, untrue) statement called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, one articulation of which (Whorf, 1959) reads as follows.
Does speaking a certain language alter the way you think and perceive the world? In this episode, we debate the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
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This paper discusses, from the point of view of the philosophy of psychology, recent behavioral and brain studies showing effects of the diversity of language vocabulary on color perception. I examine the alternative between two different interpretations of these so-called whorfian effects, namely habitual or deep whorfianism, and shallow whorfianism. I argue that at the moment the evidence.
It has long been suspected by philosophers that the language which you speak has a bearing on your cognition. The first scientific investigation of this phenomenon was conducted by an American linguist called Benjamin Lee Whorf in the 1930s (Perlo.
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