Benjamin lee whorf hopi and the whoran hypothesis

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Unformatted text preview: e categories and types that we isolate from the world of phenomena we do not find there because they stare every observer in the face; on the contrary, the world is presented in a kaleidoscope flux of impressions which has to be organized by our minds—and this means largely by the linguis3c systems of our minds. – Benjamin Lee Whorf Hopi and the Whorfian hypothesis •  Whorf thought that Hopi had “no words, grammaGcal forms, construcGon or expressions that refer directly to what we call ‘Gme.’” He therefore thought that Hopi speakers did not think about Gme the same way that speakers of other languages did. •  This claim has been rejected by some other Hopi scholars. However, it illustrates the general point that NaGve American languages may have unique properGes that could help linguists to uncover relaGonships between language and thought Color terms •  How many colors are there? •  How many words for colors do you...
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