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Beginning of Modern Science & Modern Philosophy

Studies about relationship between language and culture and between language and thought have a long history and have placed a much conferred proposal to modern linguistic: the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis....

During the latter half of the 20th century, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was widely regarded as false.

The Beginning of Modern Science

The American linguist Benjamin Lee WHORF argued that the differences insemantic and syntactic organization of languages as diverse as Englishand Hopi were correlated with differences in thought processes.

1941) ever formally stated any single hypothesis about the influence of language on nonlinguistic cognition and perception.

The tradition was taken up by the American linguist and anthropologist Edward Sapir (1884-1939) and his pupil Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941), and resulted in a view about the relation between language and thought which was widely influential in the middle decades of this century....

The central question in research on linguistic relativity, or the Whorfian hypothesis, is whether people who speak different languages think differently.