Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, Series Number 17)

Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, Series Number 17)

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Cambridge University Press, 7/11/1996
EAN 9780521448901, ISBN10: 0521448905

Paperback, 500 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Introduction
linguistic relativity re-examined John J. Gumperz and Stephen C. Levinson
Part I. Linguistic determinism
the interface between language and thought
2. Empirical research and linguistic relativity John A.Lucy
3. From 'thought and language' to 'thinking for speaking' Dan I. Slobin
4. Intra-speaker relativity Paul Kay
5. Imaging in iron, or thought is not inner speech Charles M. Keller and Janet Dixon Keller
Part II. Universals and variation in language and culture
6. The origin of children's spatial semantic categories
cognitive versus linguistic determinants Melissa Bowerman
6. Relativity in spatial conception and description Stephen C. Levinson
9. Cognitive limits to conceptual relativity
the limiting-case of religious ontologies Pascal Boyer
Part III. Interpretation in cultural context
8. Language form and communicative practices William F. Hanks
10. Projections, transpositions, and relativity John B. Haviland
11. Communities, commonalities, and communication Herbert H. Clark
Part IV. The social matrix
culture, praxis, and discourse
12. The linguistic and cultural relativity of conversational inference John J. Gumperz
13. Linguistic resources for socializing humanity Elinor Ochs
14. When animals become 'rounded' and 'feminine'
conceptual categories and linguistic classification in a multilingual setting Elsa Gomez-Imbert