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

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Arrow Books, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 309 pages
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"Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... he argues in a playful and provocative way, that our mother tongue does indeed affect how we think and, just as important, how we perceive the world." Observer

*Does language reflect the culture of a society?
*Is our mother-tongue a lens through which we perceive the world?
*Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts?

In Through the Language Glass, acclaimed author Guy Deutscher will convince you that, contrary to the fashionable academic consensus of today, the answer to all these questions is - yes. A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.

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User Review  - e2d2 - LibraryThing

An easy to read introduction to the complexities of linguistics and some of its intriguing possibilities. I would have liked to read more about how word choice and grammar affect thinking, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - OscarWilde87 - LibraryThing

All of us who speak more than one language have probably come across a situation where you are trying to translate or mediate a word or concept from one language to the other and are stuck because ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Guy Deutscher is the author of The Unfolding of Language: The Evolution of Mankind's Greatest Invention. Formerly a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two daughters.

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