John B. Carroll has written, "One wonders, indeed, what makes the notion of `linguistic relativity' so fascinating even to the nonspecialist. Perhaps it is the suggestion that all one’s life one has been tricked, all unaware, by the structure of language into a certain way of perceiving reality, with the implication that awareness of this trickery will enable one to see the world with fresh insight."

The author believes that the formal model of LANGUAGE developed in this Book represents what Benjamin Whorf would have ultimately published to illustrate what he had in mind when he referred to LINGUISTIC RELATIVITY and in asserting a formal bond between MIND, LANGUAGE, and REALITY.