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Emergentists tend to follow Edward Sapir in taking an interest in interlinguistic and intralinguistic variation. Linguistic anthropologists have explicitly taken up the task of defending a famous claim associated with Sapir that connects linguistic variationto differences in thinking and cognition more generally. The claim isvery often referred to as the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis(though this is a largely infelicitous label, as we shall see).
The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis suggests that a
Whorf himself did not offer a hypothesis. He presented his “newprinciple of linguistic relativity” (Whorf 1956: 214) as a factdiscovered by linguistic analysis:
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A more 'Whorfian' approach might be represented by authors such as , who have argued all language is essentially metaphor. For instance, English employs many metaphorical tropes that in one way or another equate time with money, e.g.:
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Other languages do not make such comparisions; a Whorfian interpretation would be that this usage influences the way English speakers conceive of the abstract quality of "time." For another example, political arguments, are shaped by the web of conceptual metaphors that underlie language use. In political debates, it matters a great deal whether one is arguing in favor of the "right to life" or the "right to choose"; whether one is discussing "illegal aliens" or "undocumented workers."