Category Archives: Theory of Linguistic Relativity

The theory of linguistic relativity from the historical perspective

This post discusses how the theory of linguistic relativity evolved historically. In this connection the ideas of different scholars who have contributed to the evolution of the thought are reviewed. The theory of linguistic relativity is best known from the works of Benjamin Lee Whorf and his mentor Edward Sapir (hence another name of the …

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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. Please note that the following terms are used as synonyms: Theory of linguistic relativity Principle of linguistic relativity Linguistic relativity Sapir-Whorf hypothesis The weak version of Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (as compared to linguistic determinism or the strong version of the hypothesis) Similar posts: …

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