Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf

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MIT Press, 1964 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 278 pages
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Contents - On the connection of ideas; On psychology; A central Mexican inscription combining Mexican and Maya day signs; The punctual and segmentative aspects of verbs in Hopi; An American Indian model of the universe; A linguistic consideration of thinking in primitive communities; Grammatical categories; Discussion of Hopi linguistics; Some verbal categories of Hopi; Language - plan and conception of arrangement; The relation of habitual thought and behavior to language; Gestalt technique of stem composition in Shawnee; Decipherment of the linguistic portion of the Maya hieroglyphs; Linguistic factors in the terminology of Hopi architecture; Science and linguistics; Linguistics as an exact science; Language and logic; Language, mind, and reality.
 

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Contents

Introduction by John B Carroll 35 On the connection of ideas 1927
1
On psychology date unknown
40
A central Mexican inscription combining Mexican and Maya day signs 1931
43
The punctual and segmentative aspects of verbs in Hopi 1936
51
An American Indian model of the universe circa 1936
57
A linguistic consideration of thinking in primitive communi ties circa 1936
65
Discussion of Hopi linguistics 1937
102
Some verbal categories of Hopi 1938
112
Decipherment of the linguistic portion of the Maya hiero
173
glyphs 1940
175
Linguistic factors in the tcrminology of Hopi architccture 1940
199
Science and linguistics 1940
207
Linguistics as an exact science 1940
220
Languages and logic 1941
233
Language mind and reality 1941
246
A Published writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf
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plan and conception of arrangement 1938
125
The relation of habitual thought and behavior to language 1939
134
Gestalt technique of stem composition in Shawnee 1939
160
B Unpublished manuscripts selected
275
Books and articles relating to Whorfs writings selected
276
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Benjamin L. Whorf, an American linguist, was throughout his life an employee of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company; linguistics was his hobby. Nevertheless, he received a Social Science Research Council fellowship, and he took courses with Edward Sapir and others at Yale University. According to George L. Trager, "Whorf's monument," the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, can be stated as follows: "Language is culture, culture is stated in language; language mediates action, action is described in language." His continuing influence derives from the basic truth and value of this seemingly "trivial" assertion.

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