Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Definition

sə-pîrwôrf, -hwôrf
A hypothesis holding that the structure of a language affects the perceptions of reality of its speakers and thus influences their thought patterns and worldviews.
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Origin of Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

  • After Edward Sapir Benjamin Lee Whorf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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