ANTH 252: Language and Thought


Assessment #3 Questions (Due Friday 14 December)

  1. What is the central idea of the Sapir/Whorf hypothesis? How does this idea go beyond the simple (and incorrect) notion of Eskimos having 100 words for "snow"?

  2. In what sense does Rosch's work on color terms lie at the other end of the nature/nurture spectrum from Sapir/Whorf? Are there some parts of language where we should not expect to find cultural variation?

  3. What, according to Lakoff, is the driving force behind much (or most) of the semantic categories found in human languages?

  4. How does Everett see the Sapir/Whorf hypothesis in light of his work with the Pirahã?

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