Language Diversity and Thought : A Reformulation of the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language,)

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Language Diversity and Thought : A Reformulation of the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language,)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 328 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521387972
  • DDC分類 401.9

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Language Diversity and Thought examines the Sapir-Whorf linguistic relativity hypothesis: the proposal that the grammar of the particular language we speak affects the way we think about reality. Adopting an historical approach, the book reviews the various lines of empirical inquiry which arose in America in response to the ideas of anthropologists Edward Sapir and Benjamin L. Whorf. John Lucy asks why there has been so little fruitful empirical research on this problem and what lessons can be learned from past work. He then proposes a new, more adequate approach to future empirical research. A companion volume, Grammatical Categories and Cognition, illustrates the proposed approach with an original case study. The study compares the grammar of American English with that of Yucatec Maya, an indigenous language spoken in southeastern Mexico, and then identifies distinctive patterns of thinking related to the differences between the two languages.

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Development of the linguistic relativity
hypothesis in America: Boas and Sapir
2. Development of the linguistic relativity
hypothesis in America: Whorf
3. Approaches in anthropological linguistics:
typical ethnographic case studies
4. Approaches in anthropological linguistics:
theoretical and methodological advances
5. Approaches in comparative psycholinguistics:
experimental studies on the lexical coding of
colour
6. Approaches in comparative psycholinguistics:
experimental studies on grammatical categories
7. Overview and assessment of previous
empirical research
Notes
References
Index.