In the language hoax john mcwhorter argues against the notion that people who speak in different languages have differing conceptions of the world around them that idea that language influences thought is called academically the whorfian hypothesis or sapir whorf hypothesis and has been around for nearly a century in varying forms. The language hoax john h mcwhorter argues that that all humans process life the same way regardless of their language takes a perspective encompassing the worlds languages rather than just a few at a time. The language hoax why the world looks the same in any language by john h mcwhorter books times higher education 9 5 14 847 am the language hoax. The language hoax is a welcome antidote to unqualified whorfian claims and pronouncements mcwhorters theory of the sociopolitical attraction of whorfianism makes for engrossing reading and aligns his book with the utopian and revolutionary spirit of the manifesto genre
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