Linguistic Relativity

Eric Pederson

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Linguistic Relativity

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This chapter focuses on a body of research falling under the cover term linguistic relativity. More generally, linguistic relativity studies investigate possible effects of natural language on purportedly non-linguistic cognition. The chapter begins with a historical background of linguistic relativity. It then discusses the requirements for linguistic-relativity research, linguistic relativity and mainstream linguistics, language effect, language development, and domains of research.

Keywords: linguistic relativity; natural language; linguistic cognition; language development; language effect

Article.  6203 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Cognitive Linguistics

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