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Does Your Language Shape Your Thinking? Another Look at Whorf

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Image: Horacio Salinas for The New York Times

Guy Deutscher has written a very interesting, long article entitled “Does Your Language Shape How You Think?” in The New York Times looking at the various ways that language may, or may not, shape the way that we think.  Though not a new idea, we are now offered a, perhaps, more contemporary, less literal-minded and more open-minded look at some of the elements of, what, for some of us who’ve “been around the block”, may be called “The Whorfian Hypothesis”, and which, despite la barbe never meant, at least to us, that a beard was particularly feminine.

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