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Whorf Revisited: You Are What You Speak

Article by: Guy Deutscher Presentation by: Heather Hamilton and Vanessa Martin
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Vanessa Martin

on 29 September 2011

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Transcript of Whorf Revisited: You Are What You Speak

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis After further consideration... About Whorf: Whorf Revisited: You Are What You Speak Discussion Questions Presentation by: Heather Hamilton and Vanessa Martin German: Torschlusspanik - the fear of diminishing opportunities as one ages. (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Yagan: Mamihlapinatapei - the wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start. (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr THOUGHTS (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr CULTURE LANGUAGE The language a person speaks affects how that person percieves the world Researched the Hopi Native American Language. Found that the Hopi language lacks a future and past tense. Whorf concluded that the Hopi don't have a sense of lineal time as English speakers do. Whorf's theory has been rejected. If it were true, people would be unable to learn anything new. In what ways does English shape your ideas? Do you think people who have learned a signed language think in signs? If English speakers were asked to assign humans voices to inanimate objects, what gendered voice would they choose for bed, a fork, clocks, and mountains? Can you learn some of the skills people who natively speak other languages have if you learn that language? German:
Schadenfreude - relishing someone else's misfortune. Japanese: Wabi-Sabi - a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay. Inuit: Iktsuarpok - to go outside to check if anyone is coming. Brazilian Portuguese: Cafune - the act of tenderly running one's fingers through someone's hair. Arabic: Ya’aburnee - a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.


Scottish: Tartle - The act of hestitating while introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name. Article by: Guy Deutscher
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