Through the Language Glass

What is more, the most obvious difference between languages is that they choose different names, or labels, for concepts. ... But what happens when we try to peer further through the language glass, beyond the superficial level of the ...

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.

My Grandma Loves This

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages.

Author: Alice Hearding

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458847919


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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

The Unfolding of Language

'So begins Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the evolution of language.No one believes that the Roman Senate sat down one day to design the complex system that is Latin grammar, and few believe, these days, in the literal truth ...

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099460254

Category: Language and languages

Page: 360

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Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, the author exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays.

New Superconductors

This interesting book aims to provide some answers to those questions, drawing particularly on similarities between the high T c oxides and granular superconductors, which also present a short coherence length and a small superfluid density ...

Author: Guy Deutscher

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9812774920

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 244

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How new are the high T c superconductors, as compared to the conventional low T c ones? In what sense are these oxides different from regular metals in their normal state? How different is the mechanism for high T c superconductivity from the well-known electron-phonon interaction that explains so well superconductivity in metals and alloys? What are the implications of the new features of the high T c oxides for their practical applications? This interesting book aims to provide some answers to those questions, drawing particularly on similarities between the high T c oxides and granular superconductors, which also present a short coherence length and a small superfluid density. Sample Chapter(s). Introduction (86 KB). Chapter 1: Superfluidity (329 KB). Contents: Superfluidity; Coherence Length, Penetration Depth and Critical Temperature; The Phase Transition; Phase Diagrams; Gap, Symmetry and Pseudo-Gap; Basics on Vortices; Cuprate Superconductors Under Strong Fields; From Fundamentals to Applications; HTS Conductors and Their Applications. Readership: Condensed matter physicists, researchers and engineers in applied superconductivity.

Language Through the Looking Glass

Only those who have linguistics competence can play with it: thus language games and the poetic use of language are underpinned by unconscious use of linguistic analysis.

Author: Marina Yaguello

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198700067

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 174

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To play with language is to break its rules, disrupt its patterns, exploit its weak points. Thus, paradoxically, puns and spoonerisms, neologisms, and slogans reveal and highlight the patterns to which discourse conforms - patterns which reflect the linguistic competence of language speakers. Only those who have linguistics competence can play with it: thus language games and the poetic use of language are underpinned by unconscious use of linguistic analysis.

Philosophy Through The Looking Glass

This book provides an introduction to his work, an account of his original theory of meaning and an analysis of the celebrated Anti-Oedipus, which takes délire as one of its main themes.

Author: Jean-Jacques Lecercle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315522721

Category: Philosophy

Page: 212

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It is generally accepted that language is primarily a means of communication. But do we always mean what we say – must we mean something when we talk? This book explores the other side of language, where words are incoherent and meaning fails us. it argues that this shadey side of language is more important in our everyday speech than linguists and philosophers recognize. Historically this other side of language known as has attracted more attention in France than elsewhere. It is particularly interesting because it brings together texts from a wide range of fields, including fiction, poetry and linguistics. The author also discusses the kind of linguistics that must be developed to deal with such texts, a linguistics which makes use of psychoanalytic knowledge. This tradition of writing has produced a major philosopher, Gilles Deleuze. This book provides an introduction to his work, an account of his original theory of meaning and an analysis of the celebrated Anti-Oedipus, which takes délire as one of its main themes.

The Language Hoax

Of late especially, popular books such as Daniel Everett's Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes, Deutscher's Through the Language Glass, wellpublicized studies by Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky, and other works have established a ...

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 ...

Author: Michiel van Groesen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139993178

Category: History


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This book argues that Dutch Brazil (1624–54) is an integral part of Atlantic history and that it made an impact well beyond colonial and national narratives in the Netherlands and Brazil. In doing so, this book proposes a radical shift in interpretation. The Dutch Atlantic is widely perceived as an incongruity among more durable European empires, whereas Brazil occupies an exceptional place in the history of Latin America, which leads to a view of Dutch Brazil as self-contained and historically isolated. The Legacy of Dutch Brazil shows that repercussions of the Dutch infiltration in the Southern Hemisphere resonated across the Atlantic Basin and remained long after the fall of the colony. By examining its regional, national, and cosmopolitan legacies, thirteen authors trace the memories and mythologies of Dutch Brazil from the colonial period up until the present day and engage in broader debates on geopolitical and cultural changes at the crossroads of Atlantic and Latin American studies.

The Language Myth

Why Language Is Not an Instinct Vyvyan Evans. Davidoff, J., I. Davies and D. Roberson. ... Color terms in Setswana: a linguistic and perceptual approach. ... Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages.

Author: Vyvyan Evans

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316123596

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines


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Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth. Debunking the notion of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is related to other animal forms of communication; that languages exhibit staggering diversity; that we learn our mother tongue drawing on general properties and abilities of the human mind, rather than an inborn 'universal' grammar; that language is not autonomous but is closely related to other aspects of our mental lives; and that, ultimately, language and the mind reflect and draw upon the way we interact with others in the world. Compellingly written and drawing on cutting-edge research, The Language Myth sets out a forceful alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work.

Language Through the Looking Glass

Once integrated into the borrowing language , the words begin a career of their own . Thus in trendy , popular French , the verb louser / luzel , from the English verb to lose , has the restricted sense of ' to be a loser and can only ...

Author: Marina Yaguello

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198700050

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 174

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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.


Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 91, 99. ... Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages (New York: Metropolitan, 2010), 165.

Author: Rick James

Publisher: NavPress

ISBN: 1631465090

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 986

To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will. In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

From White to Yellow

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, especially 157–239.

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.

The Love of Wisdom

A recent defence of moderate linguistic relativism comes from Guy Deutscher in Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. 4 He gives the example of the Matsés tribe in the Amazonian rain forest.

Author: Andrew Davison

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334052009

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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From the dawn of Western thought to the present day, The Love of Wisdom tells the story of philosophy as something intensely theological, both in its insights and its wrong turns. The book will be invaluable for any student of theology or intellectual history, and for anyone who wants to see the intellectual cogency of the Christian faith at its best. The intellectual tradition of the Church emerges clearly from this book as one of the glories of the Christian inheritance.

Au Revoir Tristesse

is explored in Guy Deutscher's wonderful book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Different ... Deutscher explores the ways in which we are all tempted to argue that the languages we know—whether they are the ...

Author: Viv Groskop

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1683357973

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more French. A writer, comedian, and journalist, Groskop studied the language obsessively starting at age 11, and spent every vacation in France, desperate to escape her Englishness and to have some French chic rub off on her. In Au Revoir, Tristesse, Groskop mixes literary history and memoir to explore how the classics of French literature can infuse our lives with joie de vivre and teach us how to say goodbye to sadness. From the frothy hedonism of Colette and the wit of Cyrano de Bergerac to the intoxicating universe of Marguerite Duras and the heady passions of Les Liaisons dangereuses, this is a love letter to great French writers. With chapters on Marcel Proust, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Stendhal, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, and of course Françoise Sagan, this is a delectable read for book lovers everywhere.


Deutscher, Guy, (2010), Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages, New York. → Friedrich, Paul, and Redfield, James (1978), “Speech as a Personality Symbol: the Case of Achilles, “Language 54,263–288.

Author: Peter Burian

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110604590

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 338

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This book collects essays and other contributions by colleagues, students, and friends of the late Diskin Clay, reflecting the unusually broad range of his interests. Clay’s work in ancient philosophy, and particularly in Epicurus and Epicureanism and in Plato, is reflected chapters on Epicurean concerns by André Laks, David Sedley and Martin Ferguson Smith, as well as Jed Atkins on Lucretius and Leo Strauss; Michael Erler contributes a chapter on Plato. James Lesher discusses Xenophanes and Sophocles, and Aryeh Kosman contributes a jeu d’esprit on the obscure Pythagorean Ameinias. Greek cultural history finds multidisciplinary treatment in Rebecca Sinos’s study of Archilochus’ Heros and the Parian Relief, Frank Romer’s mythographic essay on Aphrodite’s origins and archaic mythopoieia more generally, and Kyriakos Tsantsanoglou’s explication of Callimachus’s kenning of Mt. Athos as "ox-piercing spit of your mother Arsinoe." More purely literary interests are pursued in chapters on ancient Greek (Joseph Russo on Homer, Dirk Obbink on Sappho), Latin (Jenny Strauss Clay and Gregson Davis on Horace), and post-classical poetry (Helen Hadzichronoglou on Cavafy, John Miller on Robert Pinsky and Ovid). Peter Burian contributes an essay on the possibility and impossibility of translating Aeschylus. In addition to these essays, two original poems (Rosanna Warren and Jeffrey Carson) and two pairs of translations (from Horace by Davis and from Foscolo by Burian) recognize Clay’s own activity as poet and translator. The volume begins with an Introduction discussing Clay’s life and work, and concludes with a bibliography of Clay’s publications.

Linguistics for TESOL

Language, power and pedagogy: Bilingual children in the crossfire. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Deutscher, G. (2010). Through the language glass: Why the world looks different in different languages. London: Arrow.

Author: Hannah Valenzuela

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030409325

Category: Education

Page: 214

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"Linguistics for TESOL tackles the common problem that TESOL/TEFL/AL students have rarely been previously taught much about language itself. Presenting contemporary issues about language and English in a straightforward, balanced way with a light touch, the author's teacher personality comes across engagingly. It provides useful training exercises linking practically to the classroom. I would certainly use it with my classes." --Vivian Cook, Newcastle University, UK "This engaging book brings a practitioner's viewpoint to bear on those issues in applied linguistics that impact on the teaching of English. The author effectively bridges the theory-practice divide, making an accessible introductory text for teachers entering the field, or, for more experienced teachers, an effective means of deepening their professional knowledge base." --Scott Thornbury, The New School, USA This textbook proposes a theoretical approach to linguistics in relation to teaching English. Combining research with practical classroom strategies and activities, it aims to satisfy the needs of new and experienced TESOL practitioners, helping them to understand the features of the English language and how those features impact on students in the classroom. The author provides a toolkit of strategies and practical teaching ideas to inspire and support practitioners in the classroom, encouraging reflection through regular stop-and-think tasks, so that practitioners have the opportunity to deepen their understanding and relate it to their own experience and practice. This book will appeal to students and practitioners in the fields of applied linguistics, TESOL, EAL, English language and linguistics, EAP, and business English. Hannah Valenzuela is Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, UK where she leads the TESOL pathway of the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme. She has been a languages teaching professional for over twenty years. After many years living and working abroad as an English language teacher and teacher trainer, she returned to the UK and spent eight years teaching Spanish and French. She has carried out research into evidence-based languages teaching methodology, and is currently researching EAL provision and policy in secondary education.

Language Rights

Accordingly, Guy Deutscher's popular Through the Language Glass: how Words Colour your World (2010) presents a modified linguistic relativist position, notwithstanding its bold linguistic determinist title.

Author: V. Pupavac

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284048

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 317

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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.

Being Human

According to this view, a child's brain is not pre-programmed with abstract linguistic rules, its initial setting is ... Similarly, the linguist Guy Deutscher (2010), in Through the Language Glass, contradicts the view that language is ...

Author: Richard Gross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134657587

Category: Psychology

Page: 350

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Richard Gross turns his expert eye to the psychology of human nature in a contemplative account encompassing cognition, consciousness, language, time perception, sense of mortality and human society. This book will help you to consider the unique aspects of being human and to understand the biological underpinnings for the intriguing and distinct behaviours and experiences common to human beings. The book is enhanced throughout by: - its logical arrangement of topics, with key questions, issues for additional focus and reflection points highlighted throughout - useful chapter introductions and summaries to provide clarity and insight - diagrams to help explain difficult concepts - detailed selection of references and useful sources including works from the fields of psychology, philosophy, religion and literature This book is essential reading for students of psychology and related disciplines as well as general readers seeking insights into one of the most enduring questions to have faced humankind throughout history.

Language Thought and Reality

Through the Language Glass. New York: Metropolitan Books. Evans, N. 2010. Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us. New York: Wiley-Blackwell. Evans, N., and S. C. Levinson. 2009. The myth of language universals: ...

Author: Benjamin Lee Whorf

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262517752

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 417

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Writings by a pioneering linguist, including his famous work on the Hopi language, general reflections on language and meaning, and the "Yale Report." The pioneering linguist Benjamin Whorf (1897–1941) grasped the relationship between human language and human thinking: how language can shape our innermost thoughts. His basic thesis is that our perception of the world and our ways of thinking about it are deeply influenced by the structure of the languages we speak. The writings collected in this volume include important papers on the Maya, Hopi, and Shawnee languages, as well as more general reflections on language and meaning. Whorf's ideas about the relation of language and thought have always appealed to a wide audience, but their reception in expert circles has alternated between dismissal and applause. Recently the language sciences have headed in directions that give Whorf's thinking a renewed relevance. Hence this new edition of Whorf's classic work is especially timely. The second edition includes all the writings from the first edition as well as John Carroll's original introduction, a new foreword by Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics that puts Whorf's work in historical and contemporary context, and new indexes. In addition, this edition offers Whorf's "Yale Report," an important work from Whorf's mature oeuvre.

Linguistic Complexity

Deutscher, Guy 2010 Through the language glass: why the world looks different in other languages. New York: Metropolitan Books. Ehret, Katharina Luisa 2008 Analyticity and syntheticity in East African English and British English: a ...

Author: Bernd Kortmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110229226

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 270

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Linguistic complexity is one of the currently most hotly debated notions in linguistics. The essays in this volume reflect the intricacies of thinking about the complexity of languages and language varieties (here: of English) in three major contact-related fields of (and schools in) linguistics: creolistics, indigenization and nativization studies (i.e. in the realm of English linguistics, the “World Englishes” community), and Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research: How can we adequately assess linguistic complexity? Should we be interested in absolute complexity or rather relative complexity? What is the extent to which language contact and/or (adult) language learning might lead to morphosyntactic simplification? The authors in this volume are all leading linguists in different areas of specialization, and they were asked to elaborate on those facets of linguistic complexity which are most relevant in their area of specialization, and/or which strike them as being most intriguing. The result is a collection of papers that is unique in bringing together leading representatives of three often disjunct fields of linguistic scholarship in which linguistic complexity is seen as a dynamic and inherently variable parameter.