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Chapter 9 - Words and Culture

Chapter 9 - Words and Culture

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Published by: Yesicha Ryona on Oct 16, 2012
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 WORDS AND CULTURE
 Yesicha Ryona  A 1 B 0 1 1 0 4 1
 
 WORDS AND CULTURE
 Whorf 
Kinship
Taxonomies
Color
Prototypes
Taboo and Euphemism
 
One long-standing claim concerning the relationship between languageand culture is that the structure of a language determines the way inwhich speakers of that language view the world.
The claim that the structure of a language
influences
how its speakersview the world is today most usually associated with the linguist Sapirand his student Whorf, a chemical engineer by training, a
fire
preventionengineer by vocation, and a linguist by avocation.
However, it can be traced back to others, particularly to Humboldt inthe nineteenth century.
Today, the claim is usually referred to as the Linguistic relativityhypothesis, Sapir
Whorf hypothesis, or the
Whorfian
hypothesis. I willuse the latter term since the claim seems to owe much more to Whorfthan it does to Sapir.
 
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