Sunday, April 17, 2011

Quote of the Day- 'Semantics'

“For the immediate future, probably the loose-thinking ‘semanticists’ a’ la Stuart Chase, will introduce many popular cliches and make [the] term ‘semantics’ a hissing and byword, so that it will cease to be used by serious scientists.”
——Benjamin Lee Whorf * 

* From a 1941 letter, qtd. by Penny Lee in The Whorf theory complex: A critical reconstruction., 1996. John Benjamins Publishing Co., Amsterdam/Philidelphia.)

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