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Benjamin Lee Whorf

Benjamin Lee Whorf was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer. Whorf is widely known as an advocate for the idea that differences between the structures of different languages shape how their speakers perceive and conceptualize the world. This principle has frequently been called the “Sapir–Whorf hypothesis”, after him and his mentor Edward Sapir, but Whorf called it the principle of linguistic relativity, because he saw the idea as having... Read More

BornApril 24, 1897
Winthrop, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 26, 1941 (aged 44)
Hartford, Connecticut
Fieldslinguistics, anthropology, fire prevention


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