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Mon Feb 28 2011

Books: Cognitive Science/History of Linguistics: Leavitt

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Linguistic Relativities: Leavitt

Message 1: Linguistic Relativities: Leavitt
Date: 25-Feb-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Linguistic Relativities: Leavitt
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Title: Linguistic Relativities
Subtitle: Language Diversity and Modern Thought
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: John Leavitt
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521767828 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521767828 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

There are more than six thousand human languages, each one unique. For the
last five hundred years, people have argued about how important language
differences are. This book traces that history and shows how language
differences have generally been treated either as of no importance or as all-
important, depending on broader approaches taken to human life and knowledge.
It was only in the twentieth century, in the work of Franz Boas and his students,
that an attempt was made to engage seriously with the reality of language
specificities. Since the 1950s, this work has been largely presented as yet
another claim that language differences are all-important by cognitive scientists
and philosophers who believe that such differences are of no importance. This
book seeks to correct this misrepresentation and point to the new directions
taken by the Boasians, directions now being recovered in the most recent work
in psychology and linguistics.

Introduction;

1. A passage to modernity;
2. One reason, one world, many monads;
3. The world at war with reason: Britain and France in the eighteenth century;
4. Multiplicity and the Romantic explosion;
5. Essences and universals through the nineteenth century;
6. Boas and the linguistic multiverse;
7. Linguistic relativity: Sapir, Lee, and Whorf;
8. The other side of the mirror: a twentieth-century essentialism;
9. The rise of cognition and the repression of languages;
10. The return of the repressed;

Conclusion.


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            History of Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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