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Humboldt, Worldview and Language

James Underhill


This book investigates the vigorous and inspiring linguistic philosophy of Wilhelm von Humboldt. Many English-speaking authors speak of a ‘Humboldtian tradition’ and associate Humboldt's name with research into linguistic relativism and the work of Whorf. But few scholars quote Humboldt's writings, and those who do, often prove only that they fail to perceive the great scope of his work and that they are incapable of seizing the essential principles of Humboldt's ethnolinguistic project. Hegel, Chomsky, Crystal and Habermas all try understand Humboldt through the prism of their own approach to ... More

Keywords: Ethnolinguistics, Linguistic Anthropology, Linguistic Community, Linguistic Relativism, Philosophy of Language, Weltansicht, Weltanschauung, World-Conceiving, Worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748638420
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Underhill, author