Argument On The Relationship Between Language And Culture

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Furthermore, in 1930’s, Whorf discovered that the Hopi, Native American people, had different words in seeing the world compared to the speakers of European language back then. He believed that the Hopi language had few words relating to time, and this showed that they had different concepts of space of time. As time flies, some researchers do not agree with Whorf’s statement. They prove that the Hopi language is a ‘timeless’ one. The Hopis are actually describing the time by relating to harvest, the moon, the sun, and other significant events. Maloki believes people are not different because of their languages, but because of their experience. Deep down, we are all the same. It could not be otherwise. I believe that there is no basis to the claim that vocabulary may totally influence us in viewing the world. The weaker version of Sapir-Whorf proves that language is rather shapes our thinking and behavior. In addition, language can provide new ideas…show more content…
What if language was identical with thought, could we still think without a language? The relationship between language and thought and the relationship between language and culture are something depends on the individual particularly. For me, the relationship between language and thought is merely possible to be affected by each other. While language is dependent on thought and thought is not dependent on language, it can be proven that language and thought are not interdependent. As I mentioned above, language is just a tool in assisting the thought. Language does not alter or change the perception of the nature and content. On the other views of Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, the relationship between language and thought can be based on the individual’s experience. Since I am a bilingual and learn the second language at a very young age, comprehension in my second language is sometimes based on my first
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