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To: Aquinasfan
The hypothesis posits that language determines thought, that the thoughts we construct are based upon the language that we speak and the words that we use. It is the underlying premise of newspeak in Orwell's 1984. I haven't yet done much research, but what I want to do is determine if a belief in that premise has influenced educational philosophy--and methodology--in the past half-century.
93 posted on 09/26/2002 11:13:17 AM PDT by twigs
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To: twigs
The hypothesis posits that language determines thought, that the thoughts we construct are based upon the language that we speak and the words that we use. It is the underlying premise of newspeak in Orwell's 1984. I haven't yet done much research, but what I want to do is determine if a belief in that premise has influenced educational philosophy--and methodology--in the past half-century.

Sounds like a great topic. You're dead on. That's why euphemisms are so important. Language doesn't directly, mechanically determine thought, but it heavily influences thought and most importantly seems to set up boundaries over which the formed mind is reluctant to cross.

The answer to the last question is a resounding yes. Gatto covers some of that territory too.

99 posted on 09/26/2002 11:50:03 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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