Whorfian hypothesis

noun
Whorf·​ian hypothesis | \ ˈwȯr-fē-ən- How to pronounce Whorfian hypothesis (audio) , ˈhwȯr- \

Definition of Whorfian hypothesis

: a theory in linguistics: one's language determines one's conception of the world

First Known Use of Whorfian hypothesis

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Whorfian hypothesis

Benjamin Lee Whorf †1941 American anthropologist

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“Whorfian hypothesis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Whorfian%20hypothesis. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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