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ERIC Number: ED403761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Linguistic Determinism and Mutability: The Sapir-Whorf "Hypothesis" and Intercultural Communication.
van Troyer, Gene
JALT Journal, v16 n2 p163-78 Dec 1994
The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, long considered a factor in intercultural communication, is discussed. Empirical studies that have tended to validate the hypothesis are reviewed, and the hypothesis is then considered from the standpoint of empirical and scientific research requirements. It is shown that the hypothesis has never been formally defined for testing, and therefore does not exist as a scientifically testable thesis. As a result, all studies that have attempted to interpret empirical data accorded to the hypothesis are either flawed or invalid because they have tested something other than the hypothesis. It is concluded that the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis exists only as a notion, and has no meaningful relation to intercultural communication. Includes an abstract in Japanese. Contains 22 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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