Through the Language Glass
Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
By Guy Deutscher
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312610494, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
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A" New York Times" Editor's Choice
An" Economist" Best Book of 2010
A" 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.