Definition of Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in English:

Sapir–Whorf hypothesis

Pronunciation /səˌpirˈ(h)wôrf hīˌpäTHəsəs/ /səˌpɪrˈ(h)wɔrf haɪˌpɑθəsəs/

noun

  • A hypothesis, first advanced by Edward Sapir in 1929 and subsequently developed by Benjamin Whorf, that the structure of a language determines a native speaker's perception and categorization of experience.

    • ‘Soccer may be the simplest and most universal sport, but the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis shows how language causes people around the world to see the game very differently.’