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This book confronts the thorny question of howand whetherculture shapes language and language, culture. Linguistics has long shied away from claiming any link between a language and the culture of its speakers: too much simplistic (even bigoted) chatter about the romance of Italian and the goose-stepping orderliness of German has made serious thinkers wary of the entire subject. But now, acclaimed linguist Guy Deutscher has dared to reopen the issue. Can culture influence languageand vice versa? Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts? Could our experience of the world depend on whether our language has a word for "blue"? Challenging the consensus that the fundaments of language are hard-wired in our genes and thus universal, Deutscher argues that the answer to all these questions isyes. In thrilling fashion, he takes us from Homer to Darwin, from Yale to the Amazon, from how to name the rainbow to why Russian water -- a "she" -- becomes a "he" once you dip a tea bag into her, demonstrating that language does in fact reflect culture in ways that are anything but trivial. Audacious, delightful, and field-changing, Through the Language Glass is a classic of intellectual discovery. - Publisher.

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Through the language glass
why the world looks different in other languages
1st ed.
Guy Deutscher

Published 2010 by Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Co. in New York .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Naming the rainbow
A long-wave herring
The rude populations inhabiting foreign lands
Those who said our things before us
Plato and the Macedonian swineherd
Crying whorf
When the Sun doesn't rise in the east
Sex and syntax
Russian blues
Forgive us our ignorances.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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P140 .D487 2010

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