RE: Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 18:39:04 MDT

People reading Damien Broderick and Charles Hixson might come away
believing that I am a supporter of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

Here is the second paragraph about it, sent Mon 8/6/2001 6:46 PM,
that I wrote:

>> But the possibility has been overblown, in my opinion. The
>> high point of this view occurred in the 1950's. Since then,
>> the counter-reaction has been that we are not so much damaged
>> or affected by our terminology as had been thought. All
>> human languages, for example, are almost equally effective in
>> connoting, with some interesting exceptions. But they're no
>> longer regarded as all powerful in shaping our thoughts.

I have been enlightened by those who point out that the Sapir-Whorf
hypthesis should be considered to have a "strong" form and a
"weak" form, and made other remarks.


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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