Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
A New York Times Editor’s ChoiceAn Economist Best Book of 2010A Financial Times Best Book of 2010A Library Journal Best Book of 2010The 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... show more
A New York Times Editor’s ChoiceAn Economist Best Book of 2010A Financial Times Best Book of 2010A Library Journal Best Book of 2010The 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.
Publish date: August 30th 2011
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Popular Science
Nonfiction book about languages and the effect on culture, or culture and the effect on languages. Depends on how you read it and what you think about it, really. Deutscher discusses at length various linguistic theories and how they have evolved over time as the scientific side of intellectual curi...
I really enjoyed this book, even though, or maybe because, it was not at all what I expected. I was expecting a kind of language survey detailing the ways in which various languages differ from each other that might possibly be related to culture. For example, the rather overplayed number of diffe...
Am I the only one to feel that the style of this book is a bit too pretentious? A little over-finessed, a little disposed to show off the author's unquestionably very good English? Yeah, I know, I'm not a native speaker myself...
I only did 2 semesters of (German) linguistics at uni and sometimes I do wish I'd kept it as a minor instead of literature. This is a really interesting look at language and its relationship with thoughts/the way we see the world, using three examples: colours, gender and direction. My ebook was mis...
An interesting look at how the words and how in different ways they shape some of our experience of the world. He mostly talks about colour and how the words for colour have developed over the years and without some of those words you had to work around it to describe things. This made a lot of sen...