Abstract

In linguistics, Whorfianism is a name given to the idea that language determines thought. This essay analyzes three novels (Herman Melville’s Typee, Juan José Saer’s The Witness, and China Miéville’s Embassytown) to examine how Whorfianism influences the description of “exotic” languages and cultures in accounts of colonial encounters.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1925-5683
Print ISSN
0027-1276
Pages
pp. 19-34
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-01
Open Access
No
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