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

2 Ratings: 2.5
A book by Guy Deutscher

“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 … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Linguistics, Languages, Cultures, Comparative Linguistics
Author: Guy Deutscher
Genre: Reference, Nonfiction
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
2 reviews about Through the Language Glass: Why the World...
review by . September 29, 2010
How much does our culture determine, or liberate, our language's ability to express what we see? In his first book, "The Unfolding of Language," Deutscher mentioned how colors evolved in verbal expression from a primitive stage. Words entered language first for a binary black-white, later adding red, then yellow-green, and finally blue. But, he skimmed past this factoid as he rushed on to other theoretical matters. He returns to make this subject the heart of this sequel.   …
review by . October 07, 2010
The first foreign language I learned to complete fluency was German - after five years of high school German I spent a year at a German boys' boarding school. At the end of that year I was completely fluent, but noticed an odd phenomenon, that I felt like a slightly different person when I spoke German than when speaking English. Since then I've also learned Spanish to a high degree of fluency, and the same observation holds. In both cases, the main difference that I perceive has to do …
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