Through the Language Glass

A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144649490X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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"Guy Deutscher is that rare beast, an academic who talks good sense about linguistics... he argues in a playful and provocative way, that our mother tongue does indeed affect how we think and, just as important, how we perceive the world." Observer *Does language reflect the culture of a society? *Is our mother-tongue a lens through which we perceive the world? *Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts? In Through the Language Glass, acclaimed author Guy Deutscher will convince you that, contrary to the fashionable academic consensus of today, the answer to all these questions is - yes. A delightful amalgam of cultural history and popular science, this book explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind.

Language Through the Looking Glass

Using Lewis Carroll's Alice as a starting point, Marina Yaguello charts the major themes of linguistics. Utilising the devices of humour, word-games and poetry, she illustrates how we can come to an understanding of language.

Author: Marina Yaguello

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198700050

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 174

View: 663

Using Lewis Carroll's Alice as a starting point, Marina Yaguello charts the major themes of linguistics. Utilising the devices of humour, word-games and poetry, she illustrates how we can come to an understanding of language.

The Language Hoax

If language affects thought, then what kind of thought are we to attribute to the
population of Laos? Or Thailand, given ... Yet, for example, the Bloom study is not
even mentioned in Deutscher's Through the Language Glass. As honest as that ...

Author: John H. McWhorter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199361606

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Japanese has a term that covers both green and blue. Russian has separate terms for dark and light blue. Does this mean that Russians perceive these colors differently from Japanese people? Does language control and limit the way we think? This short, opinionated book addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the way we perceive the world. Linguist John McWhorter argues that while this idea is mesmerizing, it is plainly wrong. It is language that reflects culture and worldview, not the other way around. The fact that a language has only one word for eat, drink, and smoke doesn't mean its speakers don't process the difference between food and beverage, and those who use the same word for blue and green perceive those two colors just as vividly as others do. McWhorter shows not only how the idea of language as a lens fails but also why we want so badly to believe it: we're eager to celebrate diversity by acknowledging the intelligence of peoples who may not think like we do. Though well-intentioned, our belief in this idea poses an obstacle to a better understanding of human nature and even trivializes the people we seek to celebrate. The reality -- that all humans think alike -- provides another, better way for us to acknowledge the intelligence of all peoples.

The Legacy of Dutch Brazil

1 As Guy Deutscher's new book Through the Language Glass paraphrases, “If
different languages influence our minds in different ways, this is not because of
what our language allows us to think but rather because of what it habitually
obliges ...

Author: Michiel van Groesen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107061172

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 347

Argues that Dutch Brazil is integral to Atlantic history and made an impact well beyond the colonial and national narratives in the Netherlands and Brazil.

From White to Yellow

Whorf, Language, Thought, and Reality, 213–14. 21 For recent scholarship on
this topic, see Lucy, Grammatical Categories and Cognition; Pütz and Verspoor,
Explorations in Linguistic Relativity; and Deutscher, Through the Language Glass
, ...

Author: Rotem Kowner

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773596844

Category: History

Page: 678

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When Europeans first landed in Japan they encountered people they perceived as white-skinned and highly civilized, but these impressions did not endure. Gradually the Europeans' positive impressions faded away and Japanese were seen as yellow-skinned and relatively inferior. Accounting for this dramatic transformation, From White to Yellow is a groundbreaking study of the evolution of European interpretations of the Japanese and the emergence of discourses about race in early modern Europe. Transcending the conventional focus on Africans and Jews within the rise of modern racism, Rotem Kowner demonstrates that the invention of race did not emerge in a vacuum in eighteenth-century Europe, but rather was a direct product of earlier discourses of the "Other." This compelling study indicates that the racial discourse on the Japanese, alongside the Chinese, played a major role in the rise of the modern concept of race. While challenging Europe's self-possession and sense of centrality, the discourse delayed the eventual consolidation of a hierarchical worldview in which Europeans stood immutably at the apex. Drawing from a vast array of primary sources, From White to Yellow traces the racial roots of the modern clash between Japan and the West.

Studies in English Prose Consisting of Specimens of the Language in Its Earliest Succeeding and Latest Stages with Notes Explanatory and Critical and a Sketch of the History of the English Language and a Concise Anglo Saxon Grammar Intended as a Text book for Schools and Colleges

The rich dark light transmitted by a smalt - blue finger - glass is not a
homogeneous colour like the blue or indigo of the spectrum ; but is a mixture of ...
When the spectrum of seven colours is viewed through a thin plate of this glass ,
they are all ...

Author: Joseph Payne



Category: English language

Page: 435

View: 179

The Language Lover s Puzzle Book

Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like ...

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 1783352205

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 288

View: 453

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes. 'Alex Bellos is a wizard.' - Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist The Language Lover's Puzzle Book is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language. Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children. Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.

Ireland Through the Looking glass

128 The three extant chapters of the unfinished revival manuscript provide a
sober analysis of the condition of the Irish language and the Gaeltachts , along
with a polemic that deliberately unpicks the ideology of revivalism . Though its ...

Author: Carol Taaffe



Category: History

Page: 274

View: 141

"This book investigates how Irish cultural debate informed O'Nolan's early fiction and journalism, in both Irish and English. This is the first thorough assessment of his work in its Irish context, arguing that his self-reflexive comic writing betrays a crisis of literary identity that is rooted in the cultural dynamics of post-Independence Ireland." "The book demonstrates in detail what O'Nolan's varying blend of parody, satire and surreal humour owed to the peculiar cultural climate of the mid-twentieth-century Ireland. By exploring the links between comedy and culture, it exposes the curiously ambivalent response to the culture of the new state, and particularly to the position of the writer within it."--BOOK JACKET.

Language Rights

Importantly, linguistic gender distinctions, as linguistic forms in general, may
reflect pastcultural norms,andlose their former ... Accordingly, Guy Deutscher's
popular Through the Language Glass:how Words Colouryour World (2010)
presents a ...

Author: V. Pupavac

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284048

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 317

View: 700

Exploring language rights politics in theoretical, historical and international context, this book brings together debates from law, sociolinguistics, international politics, and the history of ideas. The author argues that international language rights advocacy supports global governance of language and questions freedoms of speech and expression.

The Language of Medicine

... um ppt . prepared Post cibum post cib . after meals Per fistulam vitream per fist .
vitr . through a glass tube Pro re nata p . I. n . as required Pulvis pulv . a powder
Quantum sufficiat 9. s . a sufficient quantity Quantum vis as much as you choose ...

Author: Frederick Ransom Campbell



Category: Medicine

Page: 318

View: 797

Thinking Through the Language Arts

Erika Said , " We put a raisin in a glass of water , and e raisin sank " Laura M .
said , " We a raisin in a glass of juice and the raisin a nd We put raisins up and
the raisins The Philip K . ubles in the que the raisins go N down Andrew said , We

Author: Denise D. Nessel

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company


Category: Education

Page: 412

View: 547

The SAGE Handbook of Interpersonal Communication

Through the language glass. New York: Heinemann. Devitt, M., & Sterelny, K. (
1987). Language and reality. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. Dillard, J. P. ... Journal of
Language and Social Psychology, 16, 297–325. Dixon, J. A., & Mahoney, B. (

Author: Mark L. Knapp

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 148334150X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 800

View: 123

The revised Fourth Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Interpersonal Communication delivers a clear, comprehensive, and exciting overview of the field of interpersonal communication. It offers graduate students and faculty an important, state-of-the-art reference work in which well-known experts summarize theory and current research. The editors also explore key issues in the field, including personal relationships, computer-mediated communication, language, personality, skills, nonverbal communication, and communication across a person's life span. This updated handbook covers a wide range of established and emerging topics, including: Biological and Physiological Processes Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Studying Interpersonal Communication Interpersonal Communication in Work, Family, Intercultural, and Health Contexts Supportive and Divisive Transactions Social Networks Editors Mark L. Knapp and John A. Daly have significantly contributed to the field of interpersonal communication with this important reference work—a must-have for students and scholars.

The New Strategic Landscape

Reviewing language and being aware of its power gives leaders a tangible way
to work with culture, to harness its beneficial relevance ... Through the Language
Glass: Why the World Looks Differentin Other Languages,London: ArrowBooks.

Author: Julie Verity

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113728336X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 181

View: 764

The business challenges of organizations are increasingly complex; strategists need a rich choice of approaches in order to respond. Too few strategy models challenge the dominate paradigm of rational analysis, choice maximisation and planned implementation. This rich collection from an eclectic group of strategists provides alternatives.

Flora Symbolica or the language and sentiment of flowers Including floral poetry original and selected With illustrations printed in colours by Terry

... so famed in Persian story , is the place where so many roses were grown that it
was a five days ' camel - ride through the ... In this famous Gulistan it was , too ,
that they discovered how to manufacture the renowned rose wine - a glass of ...

Author: John Henry Ingram




Page: 368

View: 703

The Language of the Walls

... putting a little into your cask at a time , stirring it about , and trying the colour in
a glass , that you may discover when it is ... Should it be ropy , run it through a
filtering bag ; and if the whole runs through , and is not improved , repeat the
opera ...

Author: James Dawson Burn



Category: Business ethics

Page: 448

View: 975

The Language of the Eye

... but the eye may be compared to a room with a blind ( iris ) , pane of glass ( the
cornea ) , and strong shutters ( the lids ) ... prevents superficial injury to the organ
in its active motion — the tears appear through the small orifices , and pass into ...

Author: Joseph Turnley



Category: Eye

Page: 118

View: 541

Diabetes Education

Deutscher G. ( 2010 ) Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks
Different in Other Languages . London , Arrow Books. Diabetes Australia . ( 2011
) A New Language for Diabetes: Improving Communication with and about
People ...

Author: Trisha Dunning

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118302397

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 409

Diabetes education is a process, the key to which is establishing a therapeutic relationship with the individual. The overall goal of diabetes education is to enhance the individual’s health capability, including their ability to solve problems and apply the learning to self-care. Thus, diabetes education is an interactive process of teaching and learning where information is co-generated. This innovative and thought-provoking new book explores the ‘how’ of diabetes education, rather than the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. Diabetes Education: Art, Science and Evidence helps healthcare practitioners teach diabetes effectively from diagnosis onwards and ensure people living with diabetes receive individualised support and information. It enables practitioners and educators to examine and reflect on their practice when managing the person with diabetes. Bringing together all the thinking and experience of the diabetes journey in one text, this book is essential reading for all practitioners and students involved in diabetes care. SPECIAL FEATURES: Features short stories, case studies, illustrative quotes, practice points and reflection points throughout Edited by an internationally renowned expert in the field Contributions from some of the world’s leading diabetes educators This title is also available as a mobile App from MedHand Mobile Libraries. Buy it now from iTunes, Google Play or the MedHand Store.