The Linguistic Relativity Theory and Benjamin Lee Whorf

  • Christina McAfee McMaster University

Abstract

Using sources, which address various theories of Linguistic Relativity - Rossi-Landi (1973), Penn (1972), Miller (1968), and Rollins (1980) – the unique aspects of these theories are explained. The intent of the paper is to expose Benjamin Lee Whorf not as the soul progenitor of the theory (that language culture and thought are interrelated), but as a reviser of centuries of scholarship. The theories of Hamann, Herder, Humboldt, Boas, and Sapir are examined and conclusions are made on their influences on and differences from the Whorfian Hypothesis.

Published
2004-01-01
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