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Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
 
 
Author
Guy Deutscher.
Publisher Metropolitan  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780805081954
Pages/Publication Date 305/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33089
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(A New York Times "Editor's Choice"; named one of the Best Books of 2010 by The Economist, Financial Times, and Library Journal) While a simple view of language and culture makes it easy to characterize a society by the language it uses—German is logical and precise; Italian is impassioned; English is adaptable and appropriates what it needs—linguistic scholars have long eschewed such associations, insisting that these differences are superficial and all human thought is essentially similar. In this unexpectedly entertaining book, however, the author of The Unfolding of Language argues that our native tongue is indeed a lens through which we perceive reality. With a lovely command of English, Guy Deutscher takes us from Homer to Darwin, from the corridors of Yale to the rivers of the Amazon, and from how to name the rainbow to why Russian water—a female noun—becomes male once you dip a tea bag into her.

"Jaw-droppingly wonderful ... a marvelous and surprising book. The ironic, playful tone at the beginning gradates into something serious that is never pompous, something intellectually and historically complex and yet always pellucidly laid out. It left me breathless and dizzy with delight."—Stephen Fry

"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."—New Scientist

 
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