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A new cross-linguistic perspective and linguistic relativity

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0013
A new cross-linguistic perspective and linguistic relativity

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This chapter contrasts Wilhelm Wundt's ‘vertical’ perspective with the newly developing ‘horizontal’ perspective found in Edward Sapir's citation. It discusses ‘verticalism’ and several of its outcomes, and then identifies the pioneers of ‘horizontalism’. It also studies some of the stronger and weaker versions of ‘horizontalism’. The chapter concludes with a study of the first psycholinguistic experiments that were designed in the 1950s in order to test versions of linguistic creativity.

Keywords: vertical perspective; horizontal perspective; Wilhelm Wundt; Edward Sapir; verticalism; horizontalism; psycholinguistic experiments; linguistic creativity

Chapter.  17993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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