1 Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU2 -, Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU3 Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
The article investigates the views of Whorf on the linguistic representation of space and time and their reception in German linguistics in the 1960s. Its first part summarizes both Whorf’s general conception of the relationship between language and cognition and his semantic analysis of the way how the Hopi language represents temporal and spatial matters. The Hopi conception of space and time (as conceived by Whorf) is contrasted with the views of classical and relativistic physics. The third part is devoted to the reception of Whorf’s views in German linguistics in the 1960s. A brief discussion of classical German philosophy of language (Hamann, Herder, Humboldt) prepares the stage for relating Whorf’s views to those of Leo Weisgerber’s ‘Inhaltbezogene Grammatik’, then the dominant trend in German linguistics. The studies of ‘Hopi space’ and ‘Hopi time’, by Ekkehart Malotki (a disciple of Helmut Gipper, who in turn was a disciple of Weisgerber) are summarized and compared with Whorf’s original views. The article ends with a brief comment upon the treatment of space and time in Neo-Whorfianism.