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Through the Language Glass Guy Deutscher 2010
The author has an elegant classical writing style and I bought the book at his Wandsworth Arts Festival presentation last autumn.
Deutscher gives a fascinating introductory tour d'horizon of linguistics and its history. He shows how views have veered from stressing the commonality of languages to Whorf's ideas on different languages defining radically different perceptions of reality in different tribes and peoples.
But the author's style is more that of a populariser rather than a scientist, and the book alludes to studies and evidence rather than originating anything new. In my view, his conclusions are… Read more