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Reformulating the Worldview Hypothesis

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0015
Reformulating the Worldview Hypothesis

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This chapter begins by summarizing Humboldt's contribution to the contemporary study of comparative linguistics in six crucial points. It then proceeds to consider the relationship between language, world, thought, and worldview. Each of these concepts is defined singly. Then, the interaction of the four forces at work in constructing the way we apprehend the world and act within it is considered. The term, ‘worldview’ is not rejected, but the section devoted to this concept serves to break down this problematic and controversial notion into five distinct and clearly defined sub-concepts: cultural mindset, personal world, perspective, world-perceiving and world-conceiving.

Keywords: Cultural Mindset; Language; Personal World; Perspective; Thought; World; World-Conceiving; World-Perceiving; Worldview

Chapter.  8011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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