Re: Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (was: RE: Allowing the sweet voice of reasoninto our lives)

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 04:04:34 MDT

I'd rather say that the extreme (strong) version of this, as propounded by people _after_ Sapir and Whorf, does not find
strong support. :)

The weak form is almost irrefutable--if you don't have words for something, it's hard to talk about it; if you lack
enough words for something _and_ for talking about it, it can be hard to think about it.

Thus, "language limits thought"; but IIRC, neither Sapir nor Whorf actually said that in anything they wrote, and
certainly not the strong stuff their followers put up.

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 06:46 PM 8/6/01 -0700, Lee wrote:
> >Are you familiar with the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?
> It turned out to be (almost entirely) wrong.
> Look up Berlin and Kay, or Eleanor Rosch. This was established at least two
> decades ago.
> Damien Broderick

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