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ERIC Number: ED011053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 414
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Reference Count: 0
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A STUDY OF METHOD IN LANGUAGE-AND-CULTURE RESEARCH. FINAL REPORT.
MATHIOT, MADELEINE
A STRUCTURAL APPROACH TO THE COGNITIVE ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE WAS PRESENTED IN THIS RESEARCH ON THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF THE PAPAGO INDIANS OF ARIZONA. IN THIS STUDY, THE COGNITIVE PATTERNS OF A LANGUAGE WERE CALLED "THEMES OF THE LANGUAGE" AND THE COGNITIVE PATTERNS OF NONVERBAL CULTURE WERE CALLED "THEMES OF THE CULTURE." BOTH KINDS OF THEMES WERE CONSIDERED TO BE FEW IN NUMBER AND PATTERNED. THE HYPOTHESIS OF THE STUDY WAS THAT THE THEME STRUCTURE OF THE LANGUAGE IS SEPARATE FROM THE THEME STRUCTURE OF THE CULTURE BUT IS RELATED IN VARYING DEGREES. THIS HYPOTHESIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE SAPIR-WHORF HYPOTHESIS THAT THE COGNITIVE DOMAIN OF LANGUAGE IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO CULTURE AND THUS INFLUENCES CULTURAL BEHAVIOR. THIS COGNITIVE STUDY OF THE PAPAGO LINGUISTIC SYSTEM STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF OPERATIONALLY DEFINED CONCEPTUAL TOOLS AND ADHERENCE TO AN ESTABLISHED SEQUENCE OF ANALYTIC STEPS. THIS APPROACH TO THE COGNITIVE ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE YIELDED THREE TYPES OF RESULTS, NAMELY, (1) ANALYTICALLY DERIVED CONTENTS, (2) SUGGESTED THEMES, AND (3) A SUGGESTION REGARDING THE RELATIONS THAT MAKE UP THE THEME STRUCTURE. THE RESULTS WERE JUDGED BY A CRITERION OF LOGICAL RELIABILITY, AND IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE THREE RESULTS MET THE CRITERION IN VARYING DEGREES. (GD)
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Identifiers: California (Los Angeles)