So, I've been watching a sermon by one Adnan Ibrahim, a Gazan Imam currently in Austria, and he makes an interesting case: That language can completely affect a person's mindset, including (and I'm not making this up) their sexuality/views on sexuality--at least to an extent.
And I'm not talking about our personal choice of words (vulgarity/non so), but rather things like basic vocabulary, grammar, syntax, etc--the structure of the language, in other words.
Now with regards to sexuality, I have to say I'm incredulous and find his hypothesis to be...bizarre, but he did get me thinking. Specifically, now what I'm wondering if it is possible that language type can have an impact on the way we think politically as well? Could it explain perhaps the various ways various cultures view governments throughout the world? I mean, statism is worldwide, but the various flavors seem to suggest certain cultural biases to an extent--however incompletely. Could the cultural biases be an effect of the languages spoken?
I ask, because he gives another example--one I can buy: In Australia, there is a tribe which describes its directions entirely according to cardinal directions (i.e. no right or left). This seems to affect their ability to figure out cardinal directions, so that they are never lost in the outback. I could see similar conditioning affecting politics to an extent.
Thoughts? I have few aside from curiosity, I just want to get the ball rolling.