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Sapir-Whorf hypothesis

[suh-peer-hwawrf, -hwohrf, -wawrf, -wohrf] /səˈpɪərˈʰwɔrf, -ˈʰwoʊrf, -ˈwɔrf, -ˈwoʊrf/
a theory developed by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf that states that the structure of a language determines or greatly influences the modes of thought and behavior characteristic of the culture in which it is spoken.


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