The Sapir-Whorf Exphesis

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Words and languages spoken affect human perception of things. Words are weapons mightier than swords that can change the entire human psyche. In a world where humans co-exist surrounded by social activity, language becomes one of our main mediums of expression. Emoto’s water experiment observed the power of words, as water stamped with positive words created far more aesthetically pleasing crystalline molecular structures, than did the water stamped with negative phrases. (High Existence) Humans form mental models of the world using a system of beliefs, which also include their underlying assumptions. The real world they perceive is actually a cognitive creation in their minds; a mix of their thoughts, beliefs and external stimuli. Our senses only provide us with limited information; inferences fill up the remaining gaps. Perception and expression are two very different things. Languages play an integral role in affecting the perceptions and building blocks of reality that we exist in, and in the end show through expression the world we have perceived. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is a popularization of the principle that one’s language shapes their view of the world. This is an analysis of the power of language, as the theory states how an individual 's thoughts and actions are determined by the languages an individual speaks. (Badhesha, 2002) This hypothesis was first discussed by Edward Sapir in 1929, but became popular in 1950s following his student, Benjamin Whorf’s

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