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Benjamin Lee Whorf; Stuart Chase; John B Carroll

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

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2011 Reprint of 1956 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The hypothesis suggested by Whorf that the structure of a person's language is a factor in the way in which he understands reality and behaves with respect to it has attracted the attention of linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, as well as a large segment of the public. This is a collection of important essays published by Whorf over the course of his lifetime.


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Benjamin Lee Whorf; Stuart Chase; John B Carroll
Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf
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June, 2011
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9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches

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I was reading this in German and did not finish. Certainly this is a book that probably shouldn't be translated, but would need to be totally rewritten for the new language. The fact that it was even attempted, and that decades after the book was first published, shows the important place Whorf holds in the history of linguistics. Having said that in an attempt to be fair, I quit because of Wharf and not because of the translation. I am not interested in theosophism. If I want to learn Sanscrit terms I will do it in a book about Hinduism or yoga, and not as a few pages in the middle of a linguistic argument. Without wanting to reduce what we owe him, the points he taught are available in more modern, better written books. Bottom line: If you need to read Wharf for historical reasons, do it in English. If you want to learn about language, read more recent books by his students.


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