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Humboldt, Worldview and Language$
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James Underhill

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638420

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.001.0001

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The Word is a World

The Word is a World

(La Parole Est Un Monde)

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(p.3) Chapter 1 The Word is a World
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Humboldt, Worldview and Language
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W. Underhill James

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0001

This chapter critically appraises flimsy and impressionistic accounts of linguistic relativity. It gives examples from French and English of authors who celebrate linguistic diversity, but who often prove to have no first-hand knowledge of the languages of which they speak. This serves to explain why affirmations that languages open up worlds to us are often not taken seriously.

Keywords:   Ecolinguistics, Linguistic Relativity, Language Death, Crystal, Hagège

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