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Fri Apr 12 1996

Sum: Reading after Whorf's "Language, Mind and Reality"

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  1. "KUEHNLE", Sum: Reading after Whorf's original

Message 1: Sum: Reading after Whorf's original

Date: Thu, 11 Apr 1996 16:10:04 +0200
From: "KUEHNLE" <>
Subject: Sum: Reading after Whorf's original
Dear Linguists,

Many thanks to all those who responded to my question regarding
further reading after Whorf's "Language, Mind and Reality" . I
received quite a few responses and some long answers, all of which I
appreciate very much. There's a lot of reading ahead of me now. -
Andreas Kuehnle

The following people responded:

Barbara Abbott
Dan Moonhawk Alford
Kirk Belnap
Peter Daniels
Susan Fagyal
Soren Harder
M.J. Hardman
Paulina Jaenecke
Ronald Kephart
Penny Lee
Hidematsu Miura
Sergey V Pakhomov
Dan I. Slobin
Bernard Spolsky

The following books/articles were recommended:

Dan Moonhawk Alford's essays on Whorf that he posted to the List last
summer (references below) , including "A Hidden Cycle in the History
of Linguistics" and "God is not a noun in Native America"and,

(a recommendation by Dan Moonhawk Alford) Anyone wanting to obtain a
transcript of the first Bohmian Science Dialogue Between Indigenous
and Western Scientists can write to Carol Hegedus, Fetzer Institute,
9292 West KL Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49009. These historic talks between
Native American (academic and traditional) leaders and selected
physicists, linguists, psychologists and others -- all of whom took
Benjamin Whorf seriously -- provide an informal validation of the
principle of linguistic relativity by the agreement that Native
American languages (specifically Algonquian languages were discussed
the first time, tho speakers from other families have agreed in
subsequent meetings) are structurally better suited for investigating
and describing quantum events than are Western languages, a point
first voiced by Whorf.

Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "The Demise of Whorf Hypothesis. Proceedings
of the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society,
Feb. 1978: 485-499.

Alford, Dan Moonhawk, "Is Whorf's Relativity Einstein's Relativity?",
Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics
Society Feb. 1981, 13-26.

Alford, Dan Moonhawk, Stealing the Fire, A Linguistic Overview of
This Century's Advances in Physics, given AAA/SAC March 25, 1996.

Berlin, Brent and Paul Kay. Basic Color Terms. Berkeley: University
of California Press, 1991[1969].

Black, Max. Models and Metaphor. New York: Cornell University Press,

Black, Max. "Some Troubles with Whorfianism" in Language and
Philosophy. Ed. Sidney Hook. New York: New York University Press,
1969: 30-35.

Bloom, Alfred H. The linguistic shaping of thought: A study in the
impact of language on thinking in China and the west. Lawrence
Erlbaum, 1981.

Brown, C. H. "Folk Zoological Life-forms: Their Universality and
Growth." American Anthropologist 81 (1979): 791-817.

Brown, C.H. "Folk Botanical Life-forms: Their Universality and Growth"
American Anthropologist 79 (1977): 317-342.

Brown, Roger. Words and Things. Glencoe: Free Press, 1958.

Brown, R. and E. H. Lenneberg. "A Study in Language and Cognition."
Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 49 (1954): 454-462.

Carroll, John B. & Joseph B. Casagrande. "The function of language
classifications in behavior", in E.E. Maccoby, T.M. Newcomb, &
E.L.Hartley, eds., Readings in social psychology, 3rd edition, Holt,
Rinehart and Winston, 18-31, 1958.

R.L.Cooper and B.Spolsky (eds) The influence of language on culture
and thought: essays in honor of Joshua A.Fishman's 65th birthday.
Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1991.

Culler, Jonathan. Saussure. London: Fontana Press, 1976.

Davidson, Donald, 'On the very Idea of a Conceptual Scheme' in
Inquiries into Truth & Interpretation , Oxford University Press, 1984.
(Introductions to Davidson's philosophy are given by Simon Evnine and
Bjorn Ramberg). Devitt, Michael & Kim Sterelny, Language and Reality,
Blackwell, 1987.

Fasold, Ralph. The Sociolinguistics of Society. Oxford: Blackwell,

Guiora, Alexander Z., B. Beit-Hallahmi, R. Fried, &
C. Yoder. "Language environment and gender identity attainment", in
Language Learning, 32:2, 289-304, 1982.

Hayward, William G. and Michael J. Tarr. "Spatial Language and
Spatial Representation." Cognition 55 (1995): 39-84.

Hill, Jane H. und Bruce Mannheim: Language and World View in: Annual
Review of Anthropology, 1992, 21:381-406.

Hill, Jane H. 1988. "Language, culture, and world-view." In
Frederick J. Newmeyer, ed., Linguistics: The Cambridge survey, Volume
IV: Language: The socio-cultural context, pp. 14-36. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

Language and Culture, ed. Harry Hoijer, University of Chicago, circa

Sidney Hook (ed.), Language and Philosophy , New York University
Press, 1971.

Hymes, Dell and John Fought. American Structuralism. The Hague:
Mouton, 1981.

Kay, Paul and Willett Kempton. "What is the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis?",
American Anthropologist 86:1, 65-79, 1984.

Kempton, Willett. The Folk Classification of Ceramics: A Study of
Cognitive Prototypes. New York: Academic Press, 1981.

Kess, J. F. Psycholinguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing
Company, 1992.

Khosroshahi, Fatemeh. "Penguins don't care, but women do: A social
identity analysis of a Whorfian problem", Language in Society 18:4,
505-525, 1989.

Kuki, Shuuzou. "Iki" no Kouzou (The Structure of "Iki"). Tokyo:
Iwanami, 1979[1930].

Kuno, Susumu. The Structure of the Japanese Language. Cambridge: The
MIT Press, 1973.

Lakoff, George. "Classifiers as a Reflection of Mind." Typological
Studies in Language, Vol. 7, Noun Classes and Categorization.
Ed. Craig, C. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1986, 13-51.

Lakoff, George. Women, Fire and Dangerous Things: What Categories
Reveal about the Mind. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press,

Lakoff, George and Mark Johnson. Metaphor We Live By. Chicago: The
University of Chicago Press, 1980.

Lee, Dorothy, Freedom and Culture.

Lee, Dorothy, Valuing the Self.

Lee, Penny "New work on the linguistic relativity question", in
Historiographia Linguistica , 1994, 20,1.

Lee, Penny "The Whorf theory complex: A critical reconstruction", John
Benjamins Publishing Company, due out in 1996.

Leisi, Ernst. Der Wortinhalt: Seine Struktur im Deuttschen und
Englischen. 1952.

Levi-Strauss, Claude. The savage mind. Trans. Chicago: The
University of Chicago Press, 1966[1962].

Levinson, Stephen C. Pragmatics. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1983.

Levinson, J.J. und Gumperz , S.C. (Eds.) Rethinking Linguistic
Relativity OR Linguistic relativity reconsidered (no one seemed to
have the the exact title).
 Cambridge University Press, in press ?

Linn, M. and Miller-Cleary, Linda, "Applied Linguistics for Teachers"
, 1994.

Longacre, Robert E. "Review of Language and Reality, by Wilbur
M. Urban and Four Articles on Metalinguistics, by Benjamin Lee Whorf."
Language 32, (1956): 298-308.

Lucy, John and Richard Schweder. "The effect of incidental
conversation on memory for focal colors", American Anthropologist 90,
923-931, 1988.

Lucy, J. A.: Language diversity and thought - A reformulation of the
linguistic relativity hypothesis, Cambridge:University Press, 1992

Lucy, J. A. Grammatical Categories and Cognition. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Lucy, J. A. and Richard A. Shweder. "Whorf and His Critics:
Linguistics and Nonlinguistic Influence on Color Memory." American
Anthropologist 81 (1979): 581-615.

Macnamara, John. "Linguistic Relativity Revisited." in The Influence
of Language on Culture and Thought. Ed. Cooper, Robert L. and Bernard
Spolsky. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1991. 45-60.

Malmkjaer, Kirsten, The Linguistics Encyclopedia.

Ekkehardt Malotki , Hopi Time: A Linguistic Analysis of the Temporal
concepts in the Hopi Language Mouton, 1983.

McNeil, N. B. "Color and color terminology." Journal of Linguistics
8 (1972), 21-33.

McNeil, N.B. Psycholinguistics: A New Approach. New York: Harper &
Row, Publishers, 1987.

Meiland, Jack W. and Michael Krausz., eds. Relativism. University of
Notre Dame Press, 1982.

Newmeyer, Frederick J. The politics of linguistics. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Penn, Julia M. Linguistic Relativity versus Innate Ideas. The Hague:
Mouton & Co, N. V., Publishers, 1972.

Piaget's work on child language development.

Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct: How the Mind creates Language,
William Morrow and Company, New York, 1994.

Rosch, Eleanor. "Linguistic relativity", in A. Silverstein, ed., Human
communication: Theoretical explorations, Lawrence Erlbaum, 95-121,

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Anthropologist , 92 , (1990): 346-361.

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Kobayashi Hideo. Tokyo: Iwanami, 1940.

Schlesinger, I. M. "The Wax and Wane of Whorfian Views." in The
Influence of Language on Culture and Thought, Eds. Cooper, Robert
L. and Bernard Spolsky. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1991. 7-44.

Slobin, D. I. Psycholinguistics. Scott, Foresman and Company, 1971.

Steinberg, Danny D. Psycholinguistics: Language, Mind and Word. New
York: Longman, 1982.

Tailor, John R. Linguistic Categorization. Oxford: Claredon Press,

Taylor, Talbot J. Mutual Misunderstanding. London: Duke University
Press, 1992.

Ullmann, Stephen. Semantics. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1962.

Vygotski, "Thought and language" .

Werner, Heinz and Bernard Kaplan. Symbol formation. Trans. Kakizaki
et al. Tokyo: Minerva Shobo Ltd, 1974.

Whorf, Benjamin Lee. Language, Mind and Reality: selected writings of
Benjamin Lee Whorf. Ed. J. B. Carroll. New York: MIT Press, 1956.

Wierzbicka, Anna. Lingua Mentalis. New York: Academic press, 1980.

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