Grammatical Categories and Cognition
A Case Study of the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis
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Grammatical Categories and Cognition by John A. Lucy
Book DescriptionGrammatical Categories and Cognition uses original, empirical data to examine the Sapir-Whorf linguistic relativity hypothesis: the proposal that the grammar of the particular language we speak affects the way we think about reality. The author compares the grammar of American English with that of Yucatec Maya, an indigenous language spoken in south-eastern Mexico, focusing on differences in the number marking patterns of the two languages. He then identifies distinctive patterns of thought relating to these differences by means of a systematic assessment of memory and classification preferences among speakers of both languages. The study illustrates the distinct approach to empirical research on the linguistic relativity hypothesis which Lucy develops in a companion volume Language Diversity and Thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521566209
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John A. Lucy
Reflexive Language, Hardback (March 1993)
These innovative essays represent a critique of those researchers in the humanities and social sciences who fail to take language seriously.
Language Diversity and Thought, Paperback (July 1992)» View all books by John A. Lucy
An examination of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis on the relationship between grammar and thought.
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