Language Influences How We Think: Fact, or (Science) Fiction?
Sci-fi movies often require viewers to suspend at least some belief. Certain linguists and language lovers had to do this in a very unexpected way when watching 2017 Oscar Best Picture nominee “Arrival”. A major idea in the film is that the language you speak influences how you perceive reality. This isn’t an original concept from the screenwriter or the short story the film is based on; it’s known as linguistic relativity, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, or Whorfianism. Some s