Another illustration of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is seen in sexist language, in which the use of male nouns and pronouns shapes how we think about the world (Mills, 2008). In older children’s books, words like fire and mail are common, along with pictures of men in these jobs, and critics say they send a message to children that these are male jobs, not female jobs. If a teacher tells a second-grade class, “Every student should put his books under his desk,” the teacher obviously means students of both sexes but may be sending a subtle message that boys matter more than girls. For these reasons, several guidebooks promote the use of nonsexist language (Maggio, 1998). provides examples of sexist language and nonsexist alternatives.

Towards a ‘full pedigree’ of the ‘Sapir-Whorf hypothesis’ From Locke to Lucy

Speaking like a native
Language is something that is taken pride in
basic fundamental expression of shared identity
context within what is said and how it is said is understood
liberty to present their back stage
Feeling of home is attained through group communication

Sapir-Whorf Hypthesis
Social Identity Theory (Tajfel & Turner 1979)
Self Presentation Theory (Goffman, 1956)

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To what extent does language influence how we think and how we perceive the social and physical worlds? The famous but controversial , named after two linguistic anthropologists, Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf, argues that people cannot easily understand concepts and objects unless their language contains words for these items (Whorf, 1956). Language thus influences how we understand the world around us. For example, people in a country such as the United States that has many terms for different types of kisses (e.g. buss, peck, smack, smooch, and soul) are better able to appreciate these different types than people in a country such as Japan, which, as we saw earlier, only fairly recently developed the word for kiss.