Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf
Writings by a pioneering linguist, including his famous work on the Hopi language, general reflections on language and meaning, and the "Yale Report."
The pioneering linguist Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941) grasped the relationship between human language and human thinking: how language can shape our innermost thoughts. His basic thesis is that our perception of the world and our ways of thinking about it are deeply influenced by the structure of the languages we speak. The writings collected in this volume include important papers on the Maya, Hopi, and Shawnee languages, as well as more general reflections on language and meaning.
Whorf's ideas about the relation of language and thought have always appealed to a wide audience, but their reception in expert circles has alternated between dismissal and applause. Recently the language sciences have headed in directions that give Whorf's thinking a renewed relevance. Hence this new edition of Whorf's classic work is especially timely.
The second edition includes all the writings from the first edition as well as John Carroll's original introduction, a new foreword by Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics that puts Whorf's work in historical and contemporary context, and new indexes. In addition, this edition offers Whorf's "Yale Report," an important work from Whorf's mature oeuvre.
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1 On the Connection of Ideas
2 On Psychology
3 A Central Mexican Inscription Combining Mexican and Maya Day Signs
4 The Punctual and Segmentative Aspects of Verbs in Hopi
5 An American Indian Model of the Universe
6 A Linguistic Consideration of Thinking in Primitive Communities
7 Grammatical Categories
12 Gestalt Technique of Stem Composition in Shawnee
13 Decipherment of the Linguistic Portion of the Maya Hieroglyphs
14 Linguistic Factors in the Terminology of Hopi Architecture
15 Science and Linguistics
16 Linguistics as an Exact Science
17 Languages and Logic
18 Language Mind and Reality
The Yale Report