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It is apparent that human language not only plays an important role as a medium, which transmits both external and internal human experiences to next generation, but it is also an integral part of culture, which reflects those human experiences shared by constituents of a particular society. Thus, human languages vary with their socio-cultural environments. Over the centuries, many researchers claimed that different languages have different features. This is called linguistic determinism; a belief that the language determines one's way of thinking (Kay and Kempton, 1984, p. 75). According to this view, the language affects the way one experiences and understands the world, and as a result, it constructs one's way of thinking, and behaviour, as well as the world view. Linguistic determinism has come up as a theoretical foundation supporting correlation between language and culture. Linguistic determinism has its origin in Humboldt's theory, that language identifies with thought (Erickson, Gymnich and Nunning, 1997, p. 289). Later, in the process of generalizing the results of specific research and penetrating observation about culture and language of an Indian tribe, Edward Sapir demonstrated Humboldt's idea. Under the influence of Sapir, Benjamin Whorf constructed a solid frame for language determinism.

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