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    The Victorian question of the relation between language and thought

    Lorch, Marjorie and Hellal, Paula (2016) The Victorian question of the relation between language and thought. Publications of the English Goethe Society 85 (2-3), pp. 110-124. ISSN 0959-3683.

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    This essay considers the reception of Müller’s axiom, first stated in 1861, regarding the interdependence of language and thought. The response and engagement with this notion by individuals working within the nascent fields of psychology, neurology, paediatrics, education and the law are examined over a period of four decades. Müller was relatively unique in successfully transmitting linguistic ideas to the medical and scientific research communities. Evidence is presented that traces how Müller’s theoretical arguments were seen to resonate with new research questions early on, but later became challenged by empirical observations towards the end of the century.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 13:22
    Last Modified: 14 Feb 2021 05:55


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