The Word is a World

W. Underhill James

in Humboldt, Worldview and Language

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638420
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671809 | DOI:
The Word is a World

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This chapter critically appraises flimsy and impressionistic accounts of linguistic relativity. It gives examples from French and English of authors who celebrate linguistic diversity, but who often prove to have no first-hand knowledge of the languages of which they speak. This serves to explain why affirmations that languages open up worlds to us are often not taken seriously.

Keywords: Ecolinguistics; Linguistic Relativity; Language Death; Crystal; Hagège

Chapter.  2602 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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