9 - Language and Thought LIN 200 Language in America Mark...

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Language’and’Thought’ LIN’200’ Language’in’America’ Mark’Aronof’ October’3,’2013’
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Language’and’thought’ Why’do’we’talk’about’language’and’thought’ in’a’course’about’language’in’the’USA?’ We±re’about’to’start’a’secGon’on’linguisGc’ diversity’in’the’US’ Why’does’this’maIer?’ To’individuals’ To’a’society’
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The’Whorf’Hypothesis’ Does’the’language’you’speak’influence’the’ way’you’think?’
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Quick’Poll’ If’you’are’bilingual,’do’you’think’diFerently’ depending’on’which’of’your’two’languages’ you’are’speaking?’ A)’Yes’ B)’No’
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Hopi’and’the’Whorf’hypothesis’ Benjamin’Lee’Whorf’was’a’ linguist’who’lived’in’the’Frst’ half’of’the’20 th ’century’ Hopi’was’one’of’the’ languages’that’Benjamin’Lee’ Whorf’studied’ He’developed’his’hypothesis’ that’language’determines’ thought’partly’based’on’his’ experiences’with’Hopi’
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Hopi’and’the’Whorfan’hypothesis’ We dissect nature along lines laid down by our na3ve language. The categories and types that we isolate from the world of phenomena we do
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