Monday, February 11, 2008

Sapir–Whorf hypothesis (SWH)


"The hypothesis postulates that a particular language's nature influences the habitual thought of its speakers. Different language patterns yield different patterns of thought. This idea challenges the possibility of representing the world perfectly with language, because it acknowledges that the mechanisms of any language condition the thoughts of its speaker community. The hypothesis emerged in strong and weak formulations."

Do the way we think and speak make our nations and societies?

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