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The Whorfian hypothesis - or linguistic determinism - 'states that the structure of language influences the structure of thought. The Whorfian hypothesis argues that a person speaking one language might subdivide the conceptual world differently from a person speaking another language, and, because speakers of different languages have different ways of carving up their concepts, Whorf argued that these speakers would actually view the world differently.'

M.W. Martin Psychology (Harcourt Brace 1995), summarising B.L. Whorf 'Science and linguistics' in J.B. Carrol (ed.) Language, Thought and Reality: Selected writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf (MIT Press 1956).