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Linguistic Relativity

  • Kendall L. Walton
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 52)

Abstract

The idea that different languages of certain sorts somehow represent, or reflect, or embody, different ways of experiencing, perceiving, or thinking about the world, or different ways of ‘ordering’ the ‘data’ of experience — let us say different ‘conceptual schemes’ — is an intriguing one. Benjamin Whorf is perhaps its most notable exponent;1 indeed it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Whorf hypothesis.’ But its roots go back at least to Kant, and it has been echoed in various forms by a diverse collection of psychologists, linguists, anthropologists, and philosophers.

Keywords

Conceptual Scheme Simple Property Family Resemblance Natural Classis Secondary Characteristic 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kendall L. Walton
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  1. 1.The University of MichiganUSA

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