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By Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams

ISBN-10: 1428263926

ISBN-13: 9781428263925

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Language, thought, and reality: Selected writings. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Copyright 2010 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Language and Thought familiar is that the Eskimo language Inuit has many more words than English for snow and that this affects the world view of the Inuit people. “Family Circus” © 1999 Bil Keane, Inc. Reprinted with permission of King Features Syndicate. That languages show linguistic distinctions in their lexicons and grammar is certain, and we will see many examples of this in later chapters.

6 Whorf made even stronger claims: The background linguistic system (in other words, the grammar) of each language is not merely the reproducing instrument for voicing ideas but rather is itself the shaper of ideas, the program and guide for the individual’s mental activity, for his analysis of impressions, for his synthesis of his mental stock in trade . . 7 The strongest form of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is called linguistic determinism because it holds that the language we speak determines how we perceive and think about the world.

The stage in Aesop’s famous fables. The fictional Doctor Doolittle’s forte was communicating with all manner of animals, from giant snails to tiny sparrows. If language is viewed only as a system of communication, then many species communicate. Humans also use systems other than language to relate to each other and to send and receive “messages,” like so-called body language. The question is whether the communication systems used by other species are at all like human linguistic knowledge, which is acquired by children with no instruction, and which is used creatively rather than in response to internal or external stimuli.

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