Which statement do you agree more with: A) thoughts and ideas influence language, or B) language influences thoughts and ideas.
We don’t have airplanes because someone made up the word. Ditto for pretty much everything else.
I think both work together in a dialectical relationship.
Both, actually. When writing my dissertation my committee quickly drew my attention to the language used about women in some of the research used in my lit review, some of which I had considered, but some of which I really hadn’t. The way we speak and write about people and concepts matters.