The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, also called the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis (LRH), has been a staple of introductory linguistics courses for decades, probably ever since the early twentieth century, when Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf first published their somewhat controversial observations on how the languages individuals speak can influence the way they think. Whether one agrees with the strong version of the claim, that language creates a straightjacket that controls and limits perceptions; the weak version, that language influences but does not absolutely determine one's view of the world ...
Through the Language Glass
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