Edward Sapir – English, once accepted as an…

English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved…


“English, once accepted as an international language, is no more secure than French has proved to be as the one and only accepted language of diplomacy or as Latin has proved to be as the international language of science.”
-Edward Sapir

Edward Sapir – The modern mind tends to…

The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence…


“The modern mind tends to be more and more critical and analytical in spirit, hence it must devise for itself an engine of expression which is logically defensible at every point and which tends to correspond to the rigorous spirit of modern science.”
-Edward Sapir

Edward Sapir – It is quite an illusion…

It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the…


“It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection.”
-Edward Sapir

Edward Sapir – Human beings do not live…

Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world…


“Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society.”
-Edward Sapir