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Through the Language Glass

Through the Language Glass is the second book on linguistics by Guy Deutscher that I’ve read recently (the other being The Unfolding of Language).

This popular science book explains various differences between languages, and tackles the rather thorny question of whether the language we think in affects our thoughts in any fundamental way.

Deutscher argues his points well, and I cannot disagree with any of the conclusions he reaches. Nevertheless, as the ultimate point is while that language has an impact on our thoughts and experiences this impact is relatively minor, this book has little that is truly surprising or unexpected.

It is still an interesting and enjoyable read, however, and recommended to those interested in linguistics.

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