Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis states that the way we think and behave is dependent on the language we speak. There are two forms of the hypothesis. The strong form states that language determines how we think and that our behaviour and thoughts are governed by the language we use. The weak form states that language influences the way we think and affects how we perceive the world.

To study the relationship between language, thought and culture, we will be exploring examples that support the weak form of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis in this wiki. We will be analysing the examples from four different types of culture namely Art, Digital, Music and Singapore to see how language influences culture/thought and how culture/thought also influences language.