Wilhelm von humboldt was an adept linguist and studied the basque language he translated pindar and aeschylus into german humboldts work as a philologist in basque has had more extensive impact than his other work. Part i language and world 1 the word is a world la parole est un monde 2 what do we have in mind when we talk about language 3 what do we see in the term worldview 4 boas 5 sapir 6 whorf part ii humboldt man and language 7 worldview weltanschauung or weltansicht 8 sprache 9 the work of the mind 10 form 11 creativity culture . With the loss of many of the worlds languages it is important to question what will be lost to humanity with their demise it is frequently argued that a language engenders a worldview but what do we mean by this term attributed to german politician and philologist wilhelm von humboldt 1767 1835 the term has since been adopted by numerous linguists. Extra info for humboldt worldview and language example text as a result languages are not directly translatable but only loosely equivalent to each other as symbolic devices indd 27 28 4 09 134615 28 humboldt worldview and language we think and speak constructing our phrase from a multiplicity of implicit concepts which come to us . If humboldts dual concern for the human faculty of language and for the comparison of different language systems is a difficult and daunting one then the enormity of the task of grasping a languages character and comparing it with another should instil in us a sense of humility
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