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Linguistic Relativity Today
Language, Mind, Society, and the Foundations of Linguistic Anthropology




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ISBN 9780367431723
February 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This is the first textbook on the linguistic relativity hypothesis, presenting it in user-friendly language, yet analyzing all its premises in systematic ways. The hypothesis claims that there is an intrinsic interconnection between thought, language, and society. All technical terms are explained and a glossary at the back is provided. The book looks at the history and versions of the hypothesis, including the research paradigms and critiques that this notion has generated. It describes work on testing its validity in various domains, from grammar to discourse and artificial languages. It also extends the notion to other forms of relativity, from semiotic relativity to discursive relativity. Overall, it presents a comprehensive overview of the hypothesis, with pedagogical activities in each chapter, including questions for discussion and practical exercises on various notions. The book also examines the hypothesis as a foundational notion for the establishment of linguistic anthropology. This essential course text inspires creative, informed dialogue and debate for students of anthropology, linguistics, cultural studies, cognitive science, and psychology.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

1. Overview

Prologue

Background

Linguistic Anthropology

Linguistic Relativity

Investigating Linguistic Relativity

Critiques

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

2. Early Research on Linguistic Relativity

Prologue

Franz Boas and Edward Sapir

Lev S. Vygotsky

Relevant Research Questions

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

3. The Whorfian Hypothesis

Prologue

The Hopi Language

Critical Reactions

Resurgence of Interest

Sound Symbolism

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

4. Vocabulary and Grammar

Prologue

Specialized Vocabulary

Kinship Terms

Color Terms

Grammar

Habitual Thought

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

5. Discourse and Translation

Prologue

Discursive Relativity

Translation

Machine Translation

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

6. Figurative Language

Prologue

Conceptual Metaphor Theory

Idealized Cognitive Models

Extensions

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

7. Computer-Mediated Communication, AI, and Artificial Languages

Prologue

Computer-Mediated Communication

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Languages

Epilogue

Implications of Linguistic Relativity

Concluding Remarks

Discussion Questions and Activities

Recommended Further Reading

Online Resources

Glossary

References

Index

 

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Author(s)

Biography

Marcel Danesi is Full Professor of linguistic anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on linguistic and semiotic topics, He was distinguished for his research by the Canadian government with Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.