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Guy Deutscher was born in Tel Aviv in 1969. He received an undergraduate degree in Math and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Cambridge. Afterward, he became a fellow in historical linguistics at St. John's College at Cambridge. He later became a honorary research fellow at the vis mere University of Manchester and was a professor in the department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the University of Leiden in Holland. He has written several books including Syntactic Change in Akkadian (2000), The Unfolding of Language (2005), and Through the Language Glass (2010). (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Outstanding analysis of the destructive and creative forces changing language! Fascinating on how the need for emphasis and metaphor constantly lead to new expressions, while the trends towards abbreviation and loss of distinctiveness constantly erode them back down into common, unremarkable use, requiring newer expressions all over again. This will give you new eyes to see how everything we say about our changing language is part of the endless ebb and flow of linguistic evolution.
fji65hj7 | 30 andre anmeldelser | May 14, 2023 |
loved it. great explanations of how languages constantly and simultaneously evolve and devolve. fun and illuminating examples. would have really helped to have some of this when learning Arabic.
zizabeph | 30 andre anmeldelser | May 7, 2023 |
I expected more from this book, not realizing that what I hoped to find has not yet been proven to be true. The author attempts to show that language can, indeed, influence how one thinks. Unfortunately he has to address the age-old questions of nature vs. nature. He gives a somewhat irreverent, and very entertaining history of the controversy of nature versus nurture in regards to language. The history he provides and how he debunks once sacred linguistics notions makes the book worth the read.
He uses the exploration of space, color and gender as the topics to make his claim that there is a slight significance to support the theory that language can influence the way we think.
His concluding paragraphs in the book are awesome!
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Kimberlyhi | 39 andre anmeldelser | Apr 15, 2023 |
Intriguing exploration of how languages evolve, explaining how a super-simple primitive proto-language of basically just nouns and verbs could turn into the dizzyingly complex structures that all current languages have. As a side-benefit, he explains why people constantly (and for centuries) complain that language is being corrupted and weakened.

Lots of humor and interesting literary and historical references. Explanations are careful and pretty simple, but sometimes the reasoning is very long and involves long series of steps — a little hard for my addled brain to follow. So I skimmed over some bits. But I was left full of wonder about language and the linguists who study it.

Note: he does-not- attempt to explain how language first started: those first utterances of isolated words. He says there is no evidence to support any real theory about it. But based on what we know about how language has changed in the last 6000 years or so, he does have solid theories about how language could grow and become more complex. But if you’re hoping to learn how people first learned to speak at all, this is not the book. And he is saying, sadly, that there may never be a convincing explanation of how language first began.
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steve02476 | 30 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2023 |



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