Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

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By (author) Research Fellow in Historical Linguistics Guy Deutscher

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 25mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312610491
  • ISBN 13: 9780312610494
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, figures
  • Sales rank: 175,488

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A" New York Times" Editor's Choice An" Economist" Best Book of 2010 A" Financial Times" Best Book of 2010 A" Library Journal" Best Book of 2010 The debate is ages old: Where does language come from? Is it an artifact of our culture or written in our very DNA? In recent years, the leading linguists have seemingly settled the issue: all languages are fundamentally the same and the particular language we speak does not shape our thinking in any significant way. Guy Deutscher says they're wrong. From Homer to Darwin, from Yale to the Amazon, and through a strange and dazzling history of the color blue, Deutscher argues that our mother tongues do indeed shape our experiences of the world. Audacious, delightful, and provocative, "Through the Language Glass" is destined to become a classic of intellectual discovery.

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Guy Deutscher is the author of "The Unfolding of Language." Formerly a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary research fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Brilliantly surveys the differences words and grammar make between cultures.--Carlin Romano "The Chronicle of Higher Education "