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    DescriptionA" New York Times" Editor's ChoiceAn" Economist" Best Book of 2010A" 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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    Title
    Through the Language Glass
    Subtitle
    Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy Deutscher
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312610494
    ISBN 10: 0312610491
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    BIC subject category V2: CFF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 410
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FOR000000
    Abridged Dewey: 410
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 410
    B&T Approval Code: A22180000
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    BISAC V2.8: LAN009010
    LC classification: P140 .D475 2011
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, figures
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    30 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "Fascinating reading.... Deutscher does not merely weave little-known facts into an absorbing story. He also takes account of the vast changes in our perceptions of other races and cultures over the past two centuries."-- Derek Bickerton, "The New York Times Book Review" "An informative, pleasurable read... A gifted writer, Deutscher picks his way nimbly past overblown arguments to a sensible compromise."--Amanda Katz, "The Boston Globe" "A thrilling and challenging ride."-- Christopher Schoppa, "The Washington Post" "Brilliantly surveys the differences words and grammar make between cultures."--Carlin Romano, "The Chronicle of Higher Education" "A most entertaining book, easy to read but packed with fascinating detail."--Michael Quinion, "World Wide Words" ""Through The Language Glass" is so robustly researched and wonderfully told that it is hard to put down... Deutscher brings together more than a century's worth of captivating characters, incidents, and experiments that illuminate the relationship between words and mind... He makes a convincing case for the influence of language on thought, and in doing so he reveals as much about the way color words shape our perception as about the way that scientific dogma and fashion can blind us."-- Christine Kenneally, "New Scientist " "Entertainingly written and thought-provoking... Deutscher has a talent for making scientific history read like an engrossing adventure... I recommend this intelligent and engaging book to anyone seeking an introduction to the relationship between language, thought, and culture." --Margery Lucas, "PsycCritiques" "This fabulously interesting book describes an area of intellectual history replete with brilliant leaps of intuition and crazy dead-ends. Guy Deutscher, who combines enthusiasm with scholarly pugnacity, is a vigorous and engaging guide to it... A remarkably rich, provocative, and intelligent work."-- Sam Leith, "The Sunday Times" (UK) "A brilliant account of linguistic research o