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Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis asserts that humans’ use of linguistic communication relates to their specific cultural norms. Edward Sapir developed and published the conceptual framework for this hypothesis in the 1920s. In 1956, Benjamin Lee Whorf published his work developing this hypothesis based on his work using the Hopi and English languages. Sapir and Whorf's ideas have been commonly known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which has also been referred to as linguistic relativity. This hypothesis counters notions of ...

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