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





ISBN 9780367431723
Published March 16, 2021 by Routledge
172 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 is provided at the back of the volume. The book looks at the history and different versions of the hypothesis over the centuries, including the research paradigms and critiques that it has generated. It also describes and analyzes the relevant research designed to test its validity in various domains of language structure and use, from grammar and discourse to artificial languages and in nonverbal semiotic systems as well. Overall, this book aims to present a comprehensive overview of the hypothesis and its supporting research in a textbook fashion, with pedagogical activities in each chapter, including questions for discussion and practical exercises on specific notions associated with the hypothesis. The book also discusses the hypothesis as a foundational notion for the establishment of linguistic anthropology as a major branch of linguistics. 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

2. Early Research on Linguistic Relativity

Prologue

Franz Boas and Edward Sapir

Lev S. Vygotsky

Relevant Research Questions

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

3. The Whorfian Hypothesis

Prologue

The Hopi Language

Critical Reactions

Resurgence of Interest

Sound Symbolism

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

4. Vocabulary and Grammar

Prologue

Specialized Vocabulary

Kinship Terms

Color Terms

Grammar

Habitual Thought

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

5. Discourse and Translation

Prologue

Discursive Relativity

Translation

Machine Translation

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

6. Figurative Language

Prologue

Conceptual Metaphor Theory

Idealized Cognitive Models

Extensions

Epilogue

Discussion Questions and Activities

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

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, and was distinguished for his research by the Canadian government with a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.