The timeless hopi


Time and language are interconnected
Within the borders of what we now call the United States there are a few areas where time doesn’t exist.

Linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf reported after studying the Hopi cultures that:
“… the Hopi language is seen to contain no words, grammatical forms, construction or expressions that refer directly to what we call “time”, or to past, present, or future…”

I wonder what the scope of language was to Whorf and if he includes other cultural production texts, such as arts, tools, dance, music into the scope of language.

Nevertheless, it is important to take this perception into account into the multispective analysis. (Even if by now Whorf’s analysis has been proven to have missed some other linguistic method or concept, we can benefit from the thought model suggested by his observations.)

(excerpt from Thougt: A Social Sculpture, currently offline, undergoing maintenance and editing).

About Whorf
Wikipedia: “Benjamin Whorf”>>
Wikipedia: “Principle of linguistic relativity”>>Link-out
Wikipedia: “Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis”>>Link-out
Wikipedia: Hopi Language>>Link-out

Carroll, John B. (ed.)(1956). Language Thought and Reality. Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. MIT Press, Boston, Massachusetts. ISBN: 0262730065 9780262730068]Link-out
Daniel Montano
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