Comrade Cat (comrade_cat) wrote in linguaphiles,
Comrade Cat

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 Okay, the strong Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is pretty well disproven.  As it says in the article someone linked to on here, English speakers can think of the concept of 'grey, mushy snow' without having 1 word that means exactly that.  

So what does it mean that some languages have words for things that other languages don't?  Anything?  (I'm not talking about specific environmental words here - it figures that English would have a word for oak & a tropical language would have words for different kinds of orchids.)  Do languages have a mood?  

Also (forgive my ignorance), what is the weak Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?  Does that exist?  (& if there's strong & weak, is there gravitic & electromagnetical?  Sorry, couldn't resist..) 

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