Does the world look different if you speak a different language?
Can we tell what someone’s culture is like, just from the structure of their syntax?
For linguists, the answers are no. And no.
John McWhorter is the author of “The Language Hoax”, and he tells Daniel and Ben why the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is the most popular bad idea in linguistics on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with James Hall
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Information about the book ‘The Language Hoax’
This NPR has a bit on the other side of the argument.
The video of the Himba people
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls labels solar power users as part of the latte set
‘Blue Boy’ by Mac DeMarco
from the album Salad Days
‘Coffee’ by Sylvan Esso
from the album Sylvan Esso