Benjamin Lee Whof's You Are What You Speak

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In “You Are What You Speak”, Guy Deutscher discounts Benjamin Lee Whorf’s proposition that he published in 1940 as an article in the M.I.T Technology Review. Whorf claimed that an individual’s native language hinders their cognitive skills, however, Deutsher argues that linguistics shape an individual’s perception and does not restrict their intellect. Although Chinese language speakers do not have to establish the tense of their actions, Deutscher emphasizes that Chinese speakers are not ignorant to the process of time. Deutscher advocates that an individual’s mother tongue “forces you [them] to be attentive to certain details in the world and to certain aspects of experience” (Deutscher 215). Certain European language speakers that give…show more content…
Deutscher divulges how the Guugu Yimithirr language enables the speakers to develop an innate ability to assess their surroundings cardinally at a very young age. Moreover, Guugu Yimithirr speakers interpret their cognitive memory with geographical references. Even though this innate ability of having an internal GPS system is impressive, Guugu Yimithirr speakers find it difficult to get adjusted to languages that use egocentric alignment. “It is not easy for us to conceive how the Guugu Yimithirr speakers experience the world”, the author admits (Deutscher 220). According Deutscher, Guugu Yimithirr speakers stay away from self-conceded statements, mainly because they perceive life through their external surroundings. Guugu Yimithirr celebrate the fact that the world around is positioned irrespective of where they are orientated .Deutscher predicts semantic researchers would analyze how language can influence the different aspects of reality. Overall, in this article the author emphasizes that languages play a vital role in an individual’s perception of life, however, it does not impede their crucial thinking ability. Moreover, Guy Deutscher implores how the society should start accepting the differences between various social- cultural communities to prevent conflicts between two indigenous
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