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Linguistic Relativism

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Kgaugelo Pholoba

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Linguistic Relativism

Linguistic Relativism
Does language shape the way we think?
No, it selects what you talk about and how you communicate. We believe exposure shapes the way we think because only then can you make certain conclusions, when you know the full story.
Is language innate human capacity or is it a result from our environment?
- Body language is an innate human capacity
-Verbal language is a result from our environment
Does our mother tongue lead us to acquire habits of thought that shape our experiences?
No language restricts it's speakers of it to think anything. What is the force of the mother tongue? Language creates our thoughts and feelings, more than we just use to communicate with each other.
Do different languages lead to different perceptions of reality?
it depends on the persons point of view
How does language provide cues and clues about cultural activities?
To find the difference between your own language or culture with somebody's, you are required to understand their history and how they came to exist.
"What you know about a language can be as important as knowing the language itself." Ysabel de la Rosa
Linguistic clues:
When one greets another they say, "A lo tsogile?"meaning in direct translation, Äre you awake?" however you use it to ask how somebody is that day as in, "How are you?". This is because in the olden times people died in their sleep, so if you are awake it meant that you were alright.
When these people greet each other they say, "Sawubona" meaning, Ï see you. This is due to the fact that they acknowledge the person their greeting and therefore can be perceived as people who relatively care about each other.
When conversing the Spanish stand close to each other and kiss each other on both sides of the cheek however within their language they give us a clue to their cultural attitude towards intimacy. The Spanish place an á' before a persons name when they are used as direct objects. Effectively setting boundary after the 'physical' communication
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Carroll, John B. 1956. Language, thought and reality: selected writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. MIT Press
Cambridge. November 3 2010. Language shapes our reality. http://intergral-options.blogspot.com/2010/11/language-shapes-our-reality.html
Do people who speak different languages inhabit different worlds?
People who speak different languages do not necessarily inhabit different perceptions of reality. We believe that they are more exposed to different ideas that are not within their culture and as a result can think differently on their perceptions of reality to a certain extent.
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