Psych M.D. - Linguistic Determinism


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Term: Linguistic Determinism
Definition (Myers):Whorf's hypothesis that language determines the way we think 1
Definition (alternative): Thinking is determined by our language 2
Contextual explanation:
"Language itself shapes a man's basic ideas" said linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. According to him, language determines our thinking. For instance, if one person was bilingual, and spoke English and Japanese, they thought differently when they spoke in English and when they spoke in Japanese. Many bilinguals say that they have a different sense of self when speaking the different languages.3
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Benjamin Whorf4
Linguistic Determinism5
Sources: insert WAPA style citations here
  1. Marcy, L (2007). www.mnsu.edu. Retrieved September 11, 2009, from Emuseum Web site: http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/uvwxyz/whorf_benjamin.html
  2. Chandler, D (1995). The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Retrieved September 11, 2009, from Act of Writing Web site: http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/short/whorf.html
  3. Myers, D.G. (2004). Psychology. New York: New York:Worth Publishers.
  4. http://wuhpnet.googlepages.com/psycholinguistics
  5. http://cultureofsoccer.com/2007/06/19/the-sapir-whorf-hypothesis-and-how-language-affects-our-understanding-of-soccer/
Edited by: Susan
Date of last edit: 9/10/09



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