The neoclassical idea of language as simply the dress of thought, based on the assumption that the same thought can be expressed in a variety of ways (linguistic dualism). Linguistic universalists argue that we can say whatever we want to say in any language, and that whatever we say in one language can always be translated into another (see also translatability). This is the basis for the most common refutation of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. Compare mould theory.
Subjects: Media Studies.