Does language determine culture?
The impact of language on culture is called the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis , and posits that language is a method of unconsciously reflecting social and cultural norms to the point that speaking and living in a specific language affects both worldview and societal mores. The most obvious example of this is the gender-specificity of many languages; while English generally holds to gender-neutral nouns, many languages -- Spanish, Hebrew, Italian -- have different versions of words...
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Not quite. It most definitely affects culture, but it is not the sole factor of culture.