anything that ever cites the sapir whorf
February 3, 2013
anything that ever cites the sapir-whorf hypothesis is immediately suspect
re: that quote i just saw on ‘nice guys’
This hypothesis is constantly used to justify some of the most ridiculous
scholarship on IaoPoC cultures.
I literally have read books fucking BOOKS claiming that Chinese
philosophy (and, thus the people really) have no concept of truth because
there is no single character/word that is easily or straightforwardly
translated as ‘truth’ (as far as english is concerned).
linguistic determinism is fucking bullshit. and, from my experience, often
Orientalist or racist.
it is a garbage hypothesis created by bullshit linguists
(and no, i odon’t care what they ‘meant’ with this hypothesis, not when i
see how much damage its interpretations has done)