In the language hoax john mcwhorter argues against the notion that people who speak in different languages have differing conceptions of the world around them that idea that language influences thought is called academically the whorfian hypothesis or sapir whorf hypothesis and has been around for nearly a century in varying forms. Steven pinker johnstone family professor of psychology harvard university and author of the language instinct and the stuff of thought the language hoax is a well written and stimulating book that asks uncomfortable questions and turns common arguments on their head the author uses examples from an impressive number of languages across the globe to provide counter examples to claims that may easily be made and occasionally have been made about the influence of language on thought. The language hoax john h mcwhorter argues that that all humans process life the same way regardless of their language takes a perspective encompassing the worlds languages rather than just a few at a time provides a sociopolitical analysis of the issue and its history. Language is a lens indeedbut upon humanity much more than upon humanities heres why the language hoax 1 studies have shown chapter my goal in this manifesto is straightforward i wish to show the flaws in and even dangers of the more sensational implications bandied about in our intellectual culture over whether and how language shapes thought
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