Described as a book which 'explores some of the most fascinating and controversial questions about language, culture and the human mind', "Through the Language Glass: Why The World Looks Different In Other Languages" by Guy Deutscher takes a new look at the much-debated question of whether or not our mother tongue has an effect on our culture or worldview.
Presenting a range of examples from literature, science, nature, history and the world around us, Deutscher challenges the popular academic view by demonstrating that language and culture are, in fact, closely related.
This book, though written in a very readable playful and provocative style, is incredibly well-researched. The interplay between language and thought has been a key point of debate in linguistic circles for some time, and it's great to see a book which addresses this in depth.
I would highly recommend this book for language professionals, linguistics students or anyone with a general interest in linguistic issues.
by Guy Deutscher [Arrow Books]