Rethinking Linguistic Relativity - Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language No. 17 (Paperback)John J. Gumperz, Stephen C. Levinson, Steven Levinson, Judith T. Irvine, Bambi B. Schieffelin, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Joel C. Kuipers, Don Kulick, John Lucy, Elinor Ochs, Michael Silverstein
Paperback Published: 11/07/1996
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Linguistic relativity is the claim that culture, through language, affects the way in which we think, and especially our classification of the experienced world. This book reexamines ideas about linguistic relativity in the light of new evidence and changes in theoretical climate. Parts I and II address the classical issues in the relation between thought and language, and the extent of linguistic and cultural universals. Parts III and IV show how changes in our understanding of meaning require that we look at how context enters into interpretation, and how context is constituted in social interaction. The editors have provided a substantial introduction which examines changes in thinking about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in the light of developments in anthropology, linguistics, and cognitive science; and also introductions to each section which will be of especial use to students.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press