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Sa•pir'-Whorf' hypoth"esis



Pronunciation: (su-pēr'hwôrf', -hwōrf', -wôrf', -wōrf'), [key]
a theory developed by Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf that states that the structure of a language determines or greatly influences the modes of thought and behavior characteristic of the culture in which it is spoken. Also called Whorfian hypothesis.

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