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Whorf

[ hwawrf, wawrf ]
/ ʰwɔrf, wɔrf /
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noun

Benjamin Lee, 1897–1941, U.S. linguist.

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  • This observation does not contradict the still controversial Saphir-Whorf hypothesis that language influences thinking.

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Whorf
/ (wɔːf) /

noun

Benjamin Lee. 1897–1943, US linguist, who argued that human language determines perceptionSee also Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
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