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

ISBN-10: 0312610491

ISBN-13: 9780312610494

Edition: 2011

Authors: Guy Deutscher

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A New York TimesEditor's Choice An EconomistBest Book of 2010 A Financial Times Best Book of 2010 A Library JournalBest 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 Glassis destined to become a classic of intellectual discovery.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 8/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Guy Deutscher was born in Tel Aviv in 1969. He received an undergraduate degree in Math and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Afterward, he became a fellow in historical linguistics at St. John's College at Cambridge. He later became a honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester and was a professor in the department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the University of Leiden in Holland. He has written several books including Syntactic Change in Akkadian (2000), The Unfolding of Language (2005), and Through the Language Glass (2010).

Prologue: Language, Culture, and Thought
The Language Mirror
Naming the Raibow
A Long-Wave Herring
The Rude Populations Inhabiting foreign Lands
Those Who Said Our Things Before Us
Plato and Macedonian Swineherd
The Language Lens
Crying Whorf
Where the Sun Doesn't Rise in the East
Sex and Syntax
Russian Blues
Epilogue: Forgive Us Our Ignorances
Appendix: Color: In the Eye of the Beholder
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