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

Through the Language Glass Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages A New York Times Editor s ChoiceAn Economist Best Book of A Financial Times Best Book of A Library Journal Best Book of The debate is ages old Where does language come from Is it an artifa
  • Title: Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
  • Author: Guy Deutscher
  • ISBN: 9780312610494
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Editor s ChoiceAn Economist Best Book of 2010A Financial Times Best Book of 2010A Library Journal Best Book of 2010The 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 partiA New York Times Editor s ChoiceAn Economist Best Book of 2010A Financial Times Best Book of 2010A Library Journal Best Book of 2010The 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 , 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.
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    1. There is than one author with this nameFor the physics professor, please see Guy Deutscher.Guy Deutscher is the author of Through the Language Glass and The Unfolding of Language Formerly a Fellow of St John s College, Cambridge and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages in the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary Research Fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures in the University of Manchester.Through The Language Glass has been short listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2011

    2. This is a fascinating book about how culture shapes language, and how language shapes our view of reality Guy Deutscher is a linguist, and he separates out in some detail, the facts of this subject from fiction.Because, there is a lot of fiction Much of what we have heard about how language shapes our world view is false Nietzsche s line that the limits of my language mean the limits of my world is absolutely false A true statement would be Languages differ in what they must convey, not in what [...]

    3. BLURBA masterpiece of linguistics scholarship, at once erudite and entertaining, confronts the thorny question of how and whether culture 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 dare [...]

    4. from the BrainyQuote Facebook pageNature or nurture In the mid 19th century, William Gladstone, eminent British statesman and, in view of how we think of politicians nowadays, improbable source of scientific erudition, noted through his Homeric studies that the ancients didn t see color as we do Wine dark sea And not only that, but violet sea, violet wool on sheep, and violet iron And green chl ros for yes, sprouts but twigs Cyclops club Honey Poetic license, scoffed his naysayers, but the patte [...]

    5. l esprit mind 3 we 19 ioeis 1867 1875 266 13 19 800 18 1878 62 30 1898 21 1915 15 el der o A o A 24 1983 600 3 egocentic .

    6. 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 with humor, and [...]

    7. This is what I call Having a Really Good Time Yes, I know, but then some people go ice fishing For fun So, if like me you are a language geek and have a fairly quiet life, then this might be your idea of a high old time too Because Guy Deutscher manages that most demanding combination On one hand, he is an academic linguist, which you might assume would mean he uses phrases like pro drop parameter or boundary conditions or declarative sentences or funny words like morpheme or evidentiality haha [...]

    8. I can understand people who feel that Through the Language Glass didn t quite fulfill its promise The subtitle might be accurately, does the world look different in other languages And the answer is yes, but in a limited way that won t be satisfying to those who want the answer to be an unequivocal yes People feel that the world is different for them in different languages, and even that they are different in other languages, but there just isn t the scientific data to back those feelings up Fo [...]

    9. I finished this book, like, two weeks ago, right when my job s special breed of life consuming crazy was bearing down on me with an animalistic rabidity Let s see what I remembered about it, aside from the fact that it was generously packed with treats that made my inner word nerd dance oh so whitely with joy.First of all, the author s first language is Yiddish Seeing as I know far native tongue butchers of English than I do folks who can finesse the language like they re trying to get into its [...]

    10. This digressive examination of whether and, if so, how a speaker s language structures his her thoughts contains two interesting arguments bundled with amusing anecdotes about odd languages and linguists Some of the descriptions of non Western languages, and even of Western languages English among them at earlier stages of development, show truly surprising ways of putting together information, such as numbers of tenses, whether person and time of action are included in verb or noun or in separa [...]

    11. As a native Russian speaker, I always felt different from Americans I ve always wondered if the language i was brought up with altered my thinking in ways Americans weren t I was hoping to get the answer in this book and I was really disappointed.The book started out strong, showing how 3 different languages defined culture in different ways French being most romantic and German being most brutal But then once I started reading the book, it never really delved deeply into the subject of how lang [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book, even though, or maybe because, it was not at all what I expected I was expecting a kind of language survey detailing the ways in which various languages differ from each other that might possibly be related to culture For example, the rather overplayed number of different words Inuit has for snow I did not expect a very well written argument against some of the widely accepted tenets of linguistic theory, such as the Chomsky Pinker belief that language is an inborn in [...]

    13. Through the Language Glass is a superb book no doubts about it in my mind I don t know how much this statement is affected by my own linguistic interests and the fact that I have always intuitively felt that our native language influences the way in which we see the world This still commonly argued thesis has been on the plate in different shapes and varieties since so called linguistic relativity appeared on the stage in the first half of the 20th century and continued evolving ever since The w [...]

    14. Deutscher s explanations were long winded and redundant and tautological , and his lowbrow jabs at linguistic scholars were off putting to me Planning to reading John McWhorter s The Language Hoax soon.

    15. Thorough, challenging, clearly written relatively engaging, good science I learned a lot but in the end unsatisfying Turns out the author argues only for potential differences in perceptions of 1 space if your MT is Guugu Yimithrr you re extremely unlikely to get lost or lose your car in a parking garage , 2 gender if you speak a gendered language like German or Spanish you can have fun with poetry and tv advertising that plays on the associations of, for example, a male pine tree and a female [...]

    16. In college I majored in linguistics with a specialization in cognition, and minored in psychology My favorite part of this language brain area of study was linguistic relativity A.K.A the Sapir Whorf hypothesis although I didn t have time then to do anything but scratch the surface The premise is that the language s you speak affect the way you think perceive reality, and that the way you think perceive reality molds the language s you speak creating a self reinforcing cycle It s been over 7 yea [...]

    17. I suppose I hold linguists to a higher standard than civilians regarding their word choice and articulation of ideas After all, if there s one category of people who should know about the power of words, it s this one Which is why I m so disappointed by this book.The book is called Through the Language Glass Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages When you re done with it, you would expect to know why, according to the author, the world looks different in other languages And while one o [...]

    18. Another brilliant work of popular science from linguist Guy Deutscher Through the Language Glass aims to bring the reader up to date on an easy to formulate but nearly impossible to answer question in linguistics to what degree does one s language impact one s thought processes This exploration centers around a very specific phenomenon, which is that languages differ in their stock of words for colors, and why some languages like English have names for all the colors we would commonly place in t [...]

    19. A fascinating book on the links between language and culture that sets out to prove that language can impact on the way we think There is quite a heavy emphasis on colour some of which is difficult to comprehend as a colourblind person but there s also sections on spacial orientation and gender.The book is well written and manages to make what could be very dry become easily accessible without being patronising There s a few humourous inserts throughout and I never felt overwhelmed with technica [...]

    20. Interesant sima la historia de la evoluci n de los nombres de los colores en los diferentes lenguajes Realmente el lenguaje materno influye en la visi n que se tiene del mundo.

    21. Warning for users of black and white only ebook readers Long stretches of this book are about how we perceive and express colors, which you might not immediately guess from its title and on line description It is difficult to understand these portions of the book without consulting the book end photographic insert of color photographs and color samples If my old school black and white ebook reader were my only e method of reading this book, I would have felt greatly cheated by this book As it wa [...]

    22. In high school I learned that neither matter nor energy could be created nor destroyed Any girl scout sitting around a campfire would know this not to be true, but it took 30 years later for text books to get on board Guy Deutscher challenges the parallel linguistics axiom The fundamentals of language are coded in our genes and are the same across the human race All languages share the same universal grammar, the same underlying concepts, same degree of systemic complexity p 6.Deutscher question [...]

    23. This was written just before I finished reading the book I m close to finishing a book named Through The Language Glass, written by Guy Deutscher Since the book actually deals with linguistics, I Thought it would be academic and not suitable for those not familiar with the field It turned out, however, that the book is well explained, simple and actually funny in some parts Basically, what the book is talking about is the relationship between the language and the person s pattern of thinking whe [...]

    24. Through the Language Glass starts on a hefty quest, to convince us that one s native tongue does in fact influence how one sees the world You can tell the author is cautious In fact, he spends the whole first half of the book detailing the history of people in the past trying to answer questions about how language develops a result of nature or culture and if people see the world differently because of their language so he can demonstrate the past errors in what people thought and avoid them in [...]

    25. Probably you must be mad at languages to read this book I couldn t help telling my wife about this and that I had just read and she rolled her eyes wondering how on earth this could be interesting for anybody But I swear, it is Lots of words just to discuss two simple things why do people see colour differently Was Homer colour blind Why does he almost never mention the blue colour in the Odyssey, which happens mostly on the sea and does the language you speak influence your thought The book is [...]

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