Weisbergers Theory on Language and World Perception.

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Weisbergers Theory on Language and World Perception.
It is now common to hear that language and thought are closely intertwined. That is, humans are considered by linguists to construct their reality with the use of language…

Introduction

Weisberger was the one who proposed that "our understanding is under the spell of the language which it utilizes" (Steiner, 1992: 90) and was subsequently refined by Jost Trier, Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf.

The last two authors are very much known for their Benjamin-Whorf hypothesis but it is essentially an in-depth discussion of Weisgerber. The theory states that "the 'real world' is to a large extent unconsciously built up on the language habits of the group.... The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached." In other words, each linguistic community has its own way of perceiving the world implying that language can bring about the existence of different worlds or culture.

The question that behooves us now is whether speaking a different language translates to a different perception and construction of world views. There is a consensus among linguists does indeed influence thought but the debate is to what degree is its influence. The works of Hayes and his colleagues provides evidence does heavily influence thought and forms culture perceptions. His work involved the Japanese with their use of the word 'water' and the Russians with their use of the word 'blue'. ...
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