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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    Basically, the question is scientifically unaskable since there is no way to measure anything as broad as "how people perceive the world".
    – user6726
    Mar 16, 2015 at 17:51
  • You may find it interesting to read about Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. There's also a tag sapir-whorf-hypothesis here with several interesting questions asked and answered. Mar 16, 2015 at 17:52
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    SOV systems constitute around half the world's languages and share many features; SOV seems to be a grammatical saddle-point -- a very stable system that works in a number of situations and satisfies a number of requirements. That's an interesting fact in itself. But asking about thought processes is the wrong question, since any two humans "perceive the world differently", no matter what languages they speak. That is, individual variation in thought patterns is orders of magnitude more significant than language variation, which gets swamped by comparison. Mar 16, 2015 at 18:42
  • @johnlawlerinexile Which of course doesn't preclude there being any discernible and quantifiable variation in thought patterns in correlation with word order.
    – user9315
    Mar 16, 2015 at 19:05
  • @MaxP: Yes it does, because "thought patterns" are not discernible and quantifiable, and therefore can't be correlated with anything that is. "Thought pattern" is hand-waving; it means whatever we intend it to mean. Mar 16, 2015 at 19:47


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