This paper is intended as an introduction to, and analysis of, the views of Benjamin Lee Whorf on the relationship between language, thought and culture. Our approach will begin with a review of the ideas that other thinkers have offered on the sub-ject, in an attempt to place Whorf within the larger context of a specific school of thought. We will then discuss Whorf’s own theories and methods. Finally we will deal with some of the criticisms that have been leveled at him, and will conclude with our own evaluation of his work and its implications. This evaluation will be offered in the light of what the Writings tell us about language.
Professor Edward F. Allen’s introduction of the matrix as aconceptual device in his article, “God, Man, and World,”1brought to mind some related applications of the matrix to nonmathematical ideas. Of special interest is the use of the matrixas a concrete representation of a transformation. Perhaps onecould represent the transformation of man from evil to good bya ‘regeneration’ matrix.