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Linguistic determinism

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on 1 June 2015

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Transcript of Linguistic determinism

Linguistic determinism & relativism
English
Grammar stresses shape
Different words for wood, tree, table
Individuals group boxes together
Hopi language vs.WesternLanguages
grammatical structures(tense)
LANGUAGE SHAPES THOUGHT !
Linguistic determinism
-Sapir and Whorf-

Language determines thought
Language as a prison (Agar)
Language influences thought
Language as a room (Agar)
Stumbling (English) vs hobbling along (Hopi)
An event vs continuum

Sapir and Whorf

RASSIANS LANGUAGE
has two separate words for blue dark blue and sky blue
Italians
Experiments in Linguistic Determinism: Yucatec
Pirahã Tribe,fromBrazil
only have counting words “one” ,“two”and“
many”
ride in the house
=
guidare in casa

Yucatec
Grammar stresses material
Connects related words for wood, tree, table
Individuals group cardboard items together.
Navaho
only have one word for blue and green
Inuit(Eskimo)
Hopi perceive temporal
entities as ongoing processes
perceive temporal entities as objects in space
Days in Hopi are cyclical
Four days similar to four people/four oranges
many
ride the bicycle
=
guidare in bicicletta
People have many more words to describe snow
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