Grammatical Categories and Cognition by John A. Lucy
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Grammatical Categories and Cognition
By John A. Lucy

Grammatical Categories and Cognition

A Case Study of the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis

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Grammatical Categories and Cognition by John A. Lucy

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Grammatical 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521566209
ISBN-10: 0521566207
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author John A. Lucy

Reflexive Language by 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 by John A. Lucy Language Diversity and Thought, Paperback (July 1992)

An examination of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis on the relationship between grammar and thought.

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