John A. Lucy

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John A. Lucy is an American linguist and psychologist who has been studying the relations between language and cognition, the hypothesis of linguistic relativity, for the past 30 years. He is William Benton Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.[1][2] He has worked extensively with the Yucatec Maya language, specializing in the system of noun classification.[3][4]


  • 1992. Language Diversity and Thought (Cambridge)
  • 1992. Grammatical Categories and Cognition (Cambridge)
  • 1993. Reflexive Language: Reported Speech and Metapragmatics (Cambridge)

Major articles[edit]

  • 1979. Whorf and his critics: Linguistic and nonlinguistic influences on color memory. (With Richard Shweder.) American Anthropologist 81(3): 581-615. Reprinted in R. W. Casson (ed.), Language, Culture, and Cognition, New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1981, pp. 133–63
  • 1988. The effects of incidental conversation on memory for focal colors. (With Richard Shweder.) American Anthropologist 90(4): 923-31.
  • 1994. The role of semantic value in lexical comparison: Motion and position roots in Yucatec Maya'. Linguistics 32(4/5): 623-656. (Special issue "Space in Mayan Languages" edited by J. Haviland and S. Levinson.)
  • 1996. The scope of linguistic relativity: An analysis and review of empirical research. J.J. Gumperz and S.C. Levinson (eds.), Rethinking Linguistic Relativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 37–69.
  • 1997. Linguistic relativity. Annual Review of Anthropology 26: 291-312.


  1. ^ "jl home". 2008-07-01. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Department of Psychology: Faculty". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "July 11-17 2011 Xi’an, China". Retrieved 2013-11-04.