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.




About the Author
Guy Deutscher is the author of "The Unfolding of Language "and "Through the Language Glass". Formerly a fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary research fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. He lives in Oxford, England.
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