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Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech (1921)

by Edward Sapir

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The origins of the Wharf-Sapir hypothesis - language creates reality, not the vice versa.
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Full text available here: http://www.bartleby.com/186/
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A classic early text. Highly influential among anthropologists and linguists ( )
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The origins of the Wharf-Sapir hypothesis - language creates reality, not the vice versa.
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Originally published in 1921, this classic is still regarded as one of the clearest, most comprehensive descriptions of language for the general reader. Index.

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"This little book aims to give a certain perspective on the subject of language rather than to assemble facts about it. It has little to say of the ultimate psychological basis of speech and gives only enough of the actual descriptive or historical facts of particular languages to illustrate principles. Its main purpose is to show what the author conceives language to be, what is its variability in place and time, and what are its relations to other fundamental human interests--the problem of thought, the nature of the historical process, race, culture, art. The perspective thus gained will be useful, the author hopes, both to linguistic students and to the outside public that is half inclined to dismiss linguistic notions as the private pedantries of essentially idle minds"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).… (more)

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