Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis Breakdown



What would it be like for you to go to China or Russia, not knowing a word of their language? You would of-course be rather uncomfortable and quite lost in a language all so strange to your familiar. This is part of what the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis states except this hypothesis has a little more to do with language and culture.
The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis states that language forms your thoughts and thus forming the patterns of your culture. Edward Sapir stated in 1958 that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. This fact that the ‘real world’ is to a ...

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of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis you’ll need a few examples. My father came to America to go to college in 1966. He had grown up in Malaysia with their culture and language. My father grew up as a bilingual speaker, knowing the Chinese language from his parent’s upbringing and the schooling in Malaysia taught him some English, yet his English was not quite perfect. When my Dad came to America he had trouble adjusting to the English way of speaking. He knew what the basic words were and how to carry on a normal conversation but he didn’t have an understanding of a lot of the words in the English language. He may have heard the word and used it here and there but he never quite knew what it meant, so he had to do whatever possible in order for him to survive and relate to the culture of Americans. In order for him to make it in an American society he related to a dictionary and read all the way through it, eventually understanding the meaning of words he had often heard, ...

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