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Sapir-Whorf may run even deeper; Simler's book [0] argues persuasively that social signaling is the primary motivator not only of language, but of cognition itself. So perhaps Sapir-Whorf puts the cart before the horse: we actually think in networks, based on our predictions of what will be socially tractable, and the language/vocabulary is merely an evolving toolkit to that end (with occasional innovation of a viral metaphor/portmanteau/etc).

[0] http://elephantinthebrain.com/






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