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Comparative linguistics

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech (Gen. 11:1, KJV). Dear All, Have you ever heard the story about the tower of Babel? It is described in Genesis 11:1-9. The quote above is the beginning of this story. What is important for us in this discussion is that there is …

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The theory of linguistic relativity from the historical perspective

This post discusses how the theory of linguistic relativity evolved historically. In this connection the ideas of different scholars who have contributed to the evolution of the thought are reviewed. The theory of linguistic relativity is best known from the works of Benjamin Lee Whorf and his mentor Edward Sapir (hence another name of the …

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