Relativizing Linguistic Relativity
Investigating Underlying Assumptions About Language in the neo-Whorfian Literature
By Ingrid Bjork
Uppsala University Press
145 p. Illustrated
$52.50 Paper Original
This work concerns the linguistic relativity hypothesis, also known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which in its most general form claims that 'language' influences 'thought'. Past studies of linguistic relativity have treated various aspects of both thought and language, but a growing body of neo-Whorfian literature has recently emerged that empirically investigates thought and language from a cross-linguistic perspective and claims that the grammar or lexicon of a particular language influences the non-linguistic thought of its speakers.
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