The Embedding

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The Embedding (1973) is a science fiction novel by Ian Watson which not only explores the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis but also Noam Chomsky‘s theory of generative grammar and the linguistic concept of of center embedding.


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  • Chomsky, Noam (1957) Syntactic Structures
  • Chomsky, Noam (1972)Language and Mind
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  • Watson, Ian (1973) The Embedding
  • Whorf, Benjamin Lee (1956) in John B. Carroll (ed.) Language, Thought, and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf

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