Language Diversity and Thought by John A. Lucy
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Language Diversity and Thought
By John A. Lucy

Language Diversity and Thought

A Reformulation of the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis

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Language Diversity and Thought by John A. Lucy

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521387972
ISBN-10: 0521387973
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author John A. Lucy

Grammatical Categories and Cognition by John A. Lucy Grammatical Categories and Cognition, Paperback (April 1996)

Illustrates the new approach to empirical research on the linguistic relativity hypothesis which Lucy develops in a companion volume Language Diversity and Thought.

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.

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