LINGUIST List 11.1025

Fri May 5 2000

Books: Linguistic Relativity

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Linguistic Relativity, Niemeier & Dirven; P�TZ & Verspoor (eds)

Message 1: Linguistic Relativity, Niemeier & Dirven; P�TZ & Verspoor (eds)

Date: Thu, 04 May 2000 11:25:49 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Linguistic Relativity, Niemeier & Dirven; P�TZ & Verspoor (eds)

John Benjamins Publishing announces two new works on Linguistic Relativity:

Evidence for Linguistic Relativity.
NIEMEIER, Susanne and Ren� DIRVEN (eds.)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 198
US & Canada: 1 55619 976 7 / USD 75.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3705 0 / NLG 150.00 (Hardcover)

This volume has arisen from the 26th International LAUD Symposium on
"Humboldt and Whorf Revisited. Universal and Culture-Specific
Conceptualizations in Grammar and Lexis". While contrasting two or
more languages, the papers in this volume either provide empirical
evidence confirming hypotheses related to linguistic relativity, or
deal with methodological issues of empirical research.These new
approaches to Whorf's hypotheses do not focus on mere theorizing but
provide more and more empirical evidence gathered over the last
years. They prove in a very sophisticated way that Whorf's ideas were
very lucid ones, even if Whorf's insights were framed in a terminology
which lacked the flexibility of linguistic categories developed over
the last quarter of this century, especially in cognitive
linguistics. To date, there is sufficient proof to claim that
linguistic relativity is indeed a vital issue, and the current volume
confirms a more general trend for rehabilitating Whorf's theory
complex and also offers evidence for it. It contains articles written
by scholars from various fields of linguistics including phonology,
psycholinguistics, language acquisition, historical linguistics,
anthropological linguistics and (cross-)cultural semantics, which all
contribute to a re-evaluation and partial reformulation of Whorf's

Contributions by: Susanne Niemeier & Ren� Dirven; John A. Lucy;
Ocke-Schwen Bohn; Jan Schroten; Michael Maratsos, Demetra Katis &
Annalisa Margheri; G�bor Gy�ri; Richard A. Rhodes; Dan I. Slobin;
Mutsumi Imai; Balthasar Bickel; Bert Peeters; El�bieta Tabakowska.

Explorations in Linguistic Relativity.
P�TZ, Martin and Marjolijn H. VERSPOOR (eds.)
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 199
US & Canada:1 55619 977 5 / USD 80.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3706 9 / NLG 160.00 (Hardcover)

About a century after the year Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897-1941) was
born, his theory complex is still the object of keen interest to
linguists. Rencently, scholars have argued that it was not his theory
complex itself, but an over-simplified, reduced section taken out of
context that has become known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that has
met with so much resistance among linguists over the last few
decades. Not only did Whorf present his views much more subtly than
most people would believe, but he also dealt with a great number of
other issues in his work. Taking Whorf's own notion of linguistic
relativity as a starting point, this volume explores the relation
between language, mind and experience through its historical
development, Whorf's own writing, its misinterpretations, various
theoretical and methodological issues and a closer look at a few
specific issues in his work.

Contributions by: Wallace Chafe; Nick Enfield; Bruce Hawkins; Paul R.
Hays; Juliane House; E.F.K. Koerner; David B. Kronenfeld; Sydney
M. Lamb; Penny Lee; Robert E. MacLaury; Peter M�hlh�usler; Gary
Palmer; Klaus-Uwe Panther; Linda Thornburg; J�rgen Trabant; Claudia
Woodman; Minglang Zhou.

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