Category Archives: Theory of Linguistic Relativity

The theory of linguistic relativity from the historical perspective

In this post, I would like to explore the history of the linguistic thought in connection with the theory of linguistic relativity. I am going to do so by referring to different scholars whose contributions to the theory are well known and documented. The theory of linguistic relativity is best known from the works of …

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Strong and weak versions of Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

The theory of linguistic relativity is known in two versions: the strong hypothesis (= linguistic determinism) and the weak hypothesis (= linguistic relativity). It is necessary to clarify that the words “strong” and “weak” are not related to the strength of the scholarly argumentation, but rather to the degree to which language is assumed to …

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Theory of linguistic relativity (Sapir-Whorf hypothesis)

Video credit: Samantha Zucker, “Introduction to Linguistic Relativity” May 23, 2012, via Vimeo. Before watching this video, it is necessary to point out that the term “theory of linguistic relativity” tends to be used as a synonym by scholars. While watching the video, try to think of the strengths and shortcomings of the theory of …

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