From: John A. Lucy – Sapir-Whorf hypothesis – in: Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edited by Craig Edward. London, New York: Routledge 1998 pp. 471.
As a result of his status as a student and not as a professional linguist, Whorf's work on linguistic relativity, conducted largely in the late 1930s, did not become popular until the posthumous publication of his writings in the 1950s. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis influenced the development and standardization of during the first half of the 20th Century, but this was largely due to Sapir's direct involvement. In 1955, created the (, a reformed variant of Loglan, still exists as a living language) in order to test the hypothesis. However, no such experiment was ever conducted.
Examples of Sapir-Whorf Theory?
The ‘Sapir-Whorf hypothesis’ or ‘Whorfian hypothesis’, in its simplest form, proposes that the structure of a given language will affect the way in which speakers of that language think. The implication of this is that people who speak different languages will think differently. Strict adherence to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is thus an example of extreme relativism.