The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is most strongly associated with the writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. It is also called "the Whorfian hypothesis," "the linguistic relativity hypothesis," or "linguistic determinism." In its strong form, which is generally rejected today, it implies that possible thoughts are effectively determined by language. In its weak form, it implies that language has a strong effect on thought.
Observations on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
Draft exploration of the value of the hypothesis. Includes general overview as well as detailed consideration of how the hypothesis is employed in contemporary studies.
The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
1999 overview of the history and development of the theories of linguistic determinism and linguistic relativity. By Rebecca Ash.
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