Whorf, Benjamin Lee, 1897-1941Alternative names
Linguist: received a Social Science Research Fellowship for a field trip to Mexico, 1930; studied at Yale University with Edward Sapir, 1931-1936; lecturer on anthropology at Yale, 1937-1938; author of numerous articles on languages, linguistics, science and religion.
From the description of Benjamin Lee Whorf papers, 1914-1957 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145078609
From the description of Benjamin Lee Whorf papers, 1898-1957 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702182476
Benjamin Lee Whorf, linguist: born 1897, received a Social Science Research Fellowship for a field trip to Mexico, 1930; studied at Yale University with Edward Sapir, 1931-1936; lecturer on anthropology at Yale, 1937-1938; author of numerous articles on languages, linguistics, science and religion, died 1941.
Benjamin Lee Whorf had a brief but important career as a pioneering scholar of the Nahuatl, Maya, and Hopi languages and as a theoretician about the influence of language on thought and perception. Researchers should consult Language, Thought, and Reality for a biographical sketch and bibliography by John B. Carroll,¹ but these are some principal events and periods in his life:
born in Winthrop, Massachusetts
received the B.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1919- 1941: employed as a fire prevention engineer by the Hartford Fire Insurance Company
married Celia Inez Peckham
[1924- 1928]: studied Hebrew
wrote "Why I Have Discarded Evolution"
read "Aztec Linguistics" and "An Aztec Account of the Period of the Toltec Decline" at the Twenty-Third International Congress of Americanists
took a field trip to Mexico, supported by the Social Science Research Council
began studies with Edward Sapir at Yale University
began his linguistic analysis of Hopi
published The Phonetic Basis of Certain Characters in Maya Writing
published his first article on Hopi, "The punctual and segmentative aspects of Hopi," in Language
1937- 1938: was a Lecturer in Anthropology at Yale
1940- 1941: published three articles for a non-professional audience in Technology Review
died on July 26 after some months' illness
¹Benjamin Lee Whorf, Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf, Comp. John B. Carroll, (Cambridge, Mass.: The M. I. T. Press, 1956).
From the guide to the Benjamin Lee Whorf papers, 1898-1971, (Manuscripts and Archives)
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