essay number 2 - you to predict how another language will...

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Essay #2 The Sapir Whorf hypothesis is the idea that language dictates our thoughts. It forces us to organize the world, and determines how we interpret the world. Strong Whorf hypothesis is the idea that there is only one way to think, whereas a weak Whorf hypothesis is the idea that we can see change and other ways of thinking. In the reading from Ottenheimer, she compares this to being in a room. With a strong Whorf, one is stuck in a prison, with no escape, whereas a weaker Whorf, one is allowed to leave a room, and enter other rooms, while shifting perspectives. Linguistic determinism is the idea that your language affects, even determines, your ability to perceive and think about things, as well as talk about them. Linguistic relativity is the idea that languages are different, that they are arbitrary systems, and that knowing one language does not allow
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Unformatted text preview: you to predict how another language will categorize and name the world. Ottenheimer claims linguistic relativity is fairly well accepted concept now. She states, Most people accept the idea that learning another language is not just learning new labels for the same things. Instead, it is all about learning a different set of cultural assumptions and about what things are considered worth labeling in culture (pg. 29). On the other hand, Ottenheimer claims linguistic determinism has been a controversial issue for as long as it has been around. Ottenheimer states, It is unclear whether language really does organize the world for us or whether it just expresses how our culture has taught us to organize the world (pg. 29). The use of linguistic relativity and linguistic determinism help support the Sapir Whorf hypothesis....
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course ANTHRO 105 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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