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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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Reformulating the Worldview Hypothesis

Reformulating the Worldview Hypothesis

(p.120) Chapter 15 Reformulating the Worldview Hypothesis
Humboldt, Worldview and Language

W. Underhill James

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by summarizing Humboldt's contribution to the contemporary study of comparative linguistics in six crucial points. It then proceeds to consider the relationship between language, world, thought, and worldview. Each of these concepts is defined singly. Then, the interaction of the four forces at work in constructing the way we apprehend the world and act within it is considered. The term, ‘worldview’ is not rejected, but the section devoted to this concept serves to break down this problematic and controversial notion into five distinct and clearly defined sub-concepts: cultural mindset, personal world, perspective, world-perceiving and world-conceiving.

Keywords:   Cultural Mindset, Language, Personal World, Perspective, Thought, World, World-Conceiving, World-Perceiving, Worldview

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