Whorfian hypothesis
noun Etymology: Benjamin Lee Whorf died 1941 American anthropologist Date: 1954 a theory in linguistics: one's language determines one's conception of the world

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  • Whorfian hypothesis — /hwawr fee euhn, hwohr , wawr , wohr /. See Sapir Whorf hypothesis. [1960 65; WHORF + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • whorfian hypothesis — ˈ(h)wȯrfēən noun Usage: usually capitalized W Etymology: Benjamin Lee Whorf died 1941 American anthropologist + English ian : a theory in linguistics: an individual s language determines his conception of the world * * * /hwawr fee euhn, hwohr …   Useful english dictionary

  • sapir-whorf hypothesis — sə¦pi(ə)rˈ(h)wȯ(ə)rf noun Usage: usually capitalized S&W Etymology: after Edward Sapir died 1939 & Benjamin Lee Whorf died 1941 American linguists : whorfian hypothesis herein * * * Sapir Whorf hypothesis 7 [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sapir-Whorf hypothesis — /seuh pear hwawrf , hwohrf , wawrf , wohrf / a theory developed by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf that states that the structure of a language determines or greatly influences the modes of thought and behavior characteristic of the culture… …   Universalium

  • Sapir–Whorf hypothesis — In linguistics, the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis (SWH) (also known as the linguistic relativity hypothesis ) postulates a systematic relationship between the grammatical categories of the language a person speaks and how that person both understands… …   Wikipedia

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  • linguistics — /ling gwis tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics. [1850 55; see LINGUISTIC, ICS] * * * Study of the nature and structure of… …   Universalium

  • Benjamin Lee Whorf — Infobox Scientist name = Benjamin Whorf box width = image width =200px caption = Benjamin Lee Whorf as a young man. birth date = April 24, 1897 birth place = Winthrop, Massachusetts death date = July 26, 1941 death place = residence = cxtizenship …   Wikipedia

  • Principle of linguistic relativity — The principle of linguistic relativity is Benjamin Whorf s theory of the way in which an individual s thoughts are influenced by the language(s) they have available to express them.Many versions of this theory have been proposed and debated, some …   Wikipedia

  • ethnolinguistics — ethnolinguist, n. ethnolinguistic, adj. /eth noh ling gwis tiks/, n. (used with a sing. v.) the study of language as an aspect or part of culture, esp. the study of the influence of language on culture and of culture on language. [1945 50; ETHNO… …   Universalium

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