A hypothesis of linguistic relativity which states that the structure of a language is not only a way to express ideas, but that it affects the ways in which its speakers conceptualize their world.

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Do subject-object-verb language users perceive the world differently than SVO or VSO users?

So based on linguistic relativity, I'm wondering if there are any ways that people perceive the world differently based on sentence order, or rather, if this has even been studied at all?
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Does language influence thinking skills or cognition

I have an intuition, and Hypothesis, that the native language we speak is responsible for our cognition and thinking skills. e.g. Hebrew speaking people would have poor spatial ability compared to ...
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Can any one experience the World without a language? if yes to what extent, if no, why not?

I am exploring of a possibility of experiencing the world around without a language. By listening, speaking, seeing and reflecting on words made by the alphabets of a language - one experiences the ...
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Does native language influence intelligence quotient?

This is a sensitive question, but there should be enough evidence of the correlation, if any, between the language spoken in different regions and their average IQ. Update: If there is a correlation ...
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Perception of time

In most cultures and languages, the future is associated with direction ahead of the speaker, while the past is "behind". However, it is the opposite in modern Chinese where future is "behind" and ...
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Could we apply Neo-Whorfianism to parameters in the P&P sense?

I am no expert on Sapir-Whorf lore. But I understand it usually concerns itself with semantics and the lexicon. Would it be possible, do you think, to look at languages with similar and different ...
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Are universal grammar and Sapir-Whorf really competing theories?

I consider myself a neo-Whorfian and see major flaws in universal grammar, but it doesn't seem to me like they are truly competing theories. Cutting out all of the parts about how language is acquired ...
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False-belief verbs

Some languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese, have a dedicated belief verb that one uses for describing false beliefs. For instance, in Mandarin, yiwei is used to describe beliefs that the ...