Exam 3 - 1 - Linguistic determinism states that peoples...

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Linguistic determinism states that people’s thoughts, perceptions, and memories are solely determined by the categories and structure made available by language. Linguistic relativity states that differences among languages cause differences in thoughts of their speakers. The difference between the two theories is that linguistic determinism actually limits which thoughts we can have and have a strong affect our perceptions of physical words. The linguistic determinism is not true and there are evidences against this theory. Firstly preverbal children think. Also animals can think. The strongest evidence is that people without language can think. Ildefonso is a man of 27 years old deaf man. He had no contact with signs or with written language. However, he had no problems with elementary arithmetic or number concepts. This proves that thoughts does not equal to Language. Adults often use imagery to reason and that language can be ambiguous, thoughts cannot. We must be able to express the
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