Linguistic Relativity

Language influences thoughts and beliefs.

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Linguistic Relativity (also known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in linguistics) posits a causal connection between language and thought. In its strongest form it suggests that ideas that lack a linguistic label are unthinkable.

much as the very concept of being “free” is destroyed in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, while the regular use of other labels forces people’s thinking into approved patterns.

as noted in this book review.