Linguistic determinism and the part of speech.

  title={Linguistic determinism and the part of speech.},
  author={R. W. Brown},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={55 1},
  • R. W. Brown
  • Published 1 July 1957
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of abnormal psychology
IN RECENT years the anthropologists Whorf (12), Lee (9), and Hoijer (6) have put forward the view that language is a determinant of perception and thought. The nature of the determining influence exerted by the vocabulary of a language is quite clear (1), but it is less easy to see how the grammatical features of a language can affect cognition. Yet it is just the grammatical differences between languages that are most striking and it is their determining force that the anthropologist has… 

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