Language and Thinking: Motives of Pinker’s Criticism of Whorfian Linguistic Relativism

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dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.date.accessioned 2013-02-19T07:52:23Z
dc.date.available 2013-02-19T07:52:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Acta Universitatis Nicolai Copernici. Nauki Humanistyczno-Społeczne. English Studies XV, 111–122.
dc.identifier.issn 0860-7265
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/368
dc.description.abstract In The Language Instinct (1995 [1994], henceforth: TLI), a book that despite its popular character has become virtually a classic in discussions concerning the innateness of language, Steven Pinker attacks the broadly understood “Whorfian” standpoint according to which human thinking is influenced in fundamental ways by one’s native language. Due to the status of the author and popularity of the book, it is an influential voice in the ongoing debate on the mutual relation between language and “thought.” Rather than joining this debate, in the present text I would like to examine the construction and integrity of Pinker’s argumentation in TLI. I suggest that this author’s attack on broadly understood interdependence of language and thought is motivated by his general theoretical commitments, rather than by independent evidence.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Steven Pinker
dc.subject Whorf
dc.subject linguistic relativity
dc.subject Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
dc.title Language and Thinking: Motives of Pinker’s Criticism of Whorfian Linguistic Relativism
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

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