Questions tagged [sapir-whorf]

For questions about conlangs in regard to the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, that language influences human thought

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Anti-Newspeak, making a language harder

So, the government of Oceania in 1984 creates a new, altered cersion of English to make its people easier to control. What about the opposite? A dictator wants to make his people harder to control, ...
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How could a conlang enforce subjective idealism in a constructed world

Subjective idealism is the monistic metaphysical doctrine that only minds and mental contents exist. It entails and is generally identified or associated with immaterialism, the doctrine that material ...
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Is there any research on the efficacy of intentionally designed linguistic relativity in conlangs?

Toki Pona is a language designed to shape the thought process of users. So is Loglan: According to Wikipedia, "Loglan was originally conceived as a means to examine the influence of language on the ...
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Are there conlangs which compel their users to speak with honesty?

George Orwell's novel 1984 introduced us to Newspeak, a language devised by authorities to be entirely misleading. Languages that attempt to guide knowledge have been termed Orwellian and, more ...
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