Linguistic Relativity: Does Language Influence the Way You See the World?

7 examples from around the world

An example of recursion in English. Blair Mastbaum, 2021.

To have a second language is to have a second soul. — Charlemagne

Color terms chart from a popular clothing manufacturer, 2019.

“Human beings are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. The fact of the matter is that the ‘real world’ is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group.” — Edward Sapir

1. Savings Accounts

Pirahã people in Brazil. Image: Getty Images, 2015.

2. Numberless & Colorless?

3. Experience

4. Honor

5. A Socialist Language?

Hopi people. Image credit: Unknown.

6. Hopi Time

The timeless Hopi verb does not distinguish between the present, past and future of the event itself but must always indicate what type of validity the speaker intends the statement to have.

7. Gender

Writer/enthusiast/misanthrope currently stationed in Andalusia, focusing on culture, language, travel and change.

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