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Edward Sapir

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Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations.

— Edward Sapir


A logical analysis of reflexive usages in French shows, however, that this simplicity is an illusion and that, so far from helping the foreigner, it is more calculated to bother him.

— Edward Sapir

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A standard international language should not only be simple, regular, and logical, but also rich and creative.

— Edward Sapir

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As a matter of fact, a national language which spreads beyond its own confines very quickly loses much of its original richness of content and is in no better case than a constructed language.

— Edward Sapir

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Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting to realize itself as a strictly historical science.

— Edward Sapir

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French and German illustrate the misleading character of apparent grammatical simplicity just as well.

— Edward Sapir

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I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in the future enable archaeology to throw far more light on the history of American culture than it has done in the past.

— Edward Sapir

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Impatience translates itself into a desire to have something immediate done about it all, and, as is generally the case with impatience, resolves itself in the easiest way that lies ready to hand.

— Edward Sapir

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In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors, one's own language above all.

— Edward Sapir

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It is no secret that the fruits of language study are in no sort of relation to the labour spent on teaching and learning them.

— Edward Sapir

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Ishi died of his illness in early 1916 and Kroeber partly blamed the exacting nature of working with Sapir for his failure to recover. In the end Sapir didn't finish the work during the allotted year and Kroeber was unable to offer him a longer appointment. His students included Fang-kuei Li Benjamin Whorf Mary Haas and Harry Hoijer.

While finishing his PhD he went to California to work with Alfred Kroeber documenting the indigenous languages there. Before Sapir it was generally considered impossible to apply the methods of historical linguistics to languages of indigenous peoples because they were believed to be more primitive than the Indo-European languages. Later in his career he also worked with Yiddish Hebrew and Chinese as well as Germanic languages and he was also invested in the development of an International Auxiliary Language.

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