Sunday, October 22, 2006

sitting on the dock of the whorf

I've been meaning to collect my thoughts on the Whorf Hypothesis- but I haven't quite pulled them together yet. It's not dead- though some linguists have been saying for years that it is. The question is: does language influence your perception? or, better yet, control it? Hardliners say: perception is perception. Just because you classify stuff according to your language, doesn't mean you see it any differently. Ah but I say you build your seeing machinery in your first few years--so the way you classify stuff does determine the way you see it for the next sixty or seventy. More on this later, I hope...


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