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Linguistic relativism

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[[John A. Lucy]] has proposed a three-level analysis:
1. # '''Semiotic relativity of thought''': "Whether having a code with a symbolic component (versus one confined to iconic-indexical elements) transforms thinking. This would distinguish species that use such a code from those that do not. 2. # '''Structural relativity of thought''': Whether "different morphosyntactic configurations of meaning affect thinking about reality." This is the level of analysis that is generally described as '''linguistic relativism''', and distinguishes speakers of different languages.2. # '''Functional relativity of thought''': "Whether using language in a particular way (e.g. schooled) may influence thinking … whether discursive practices influence thinking." This level distinguishes speakers of different backgrounds or in different contexts.
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