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The language hoax : why the world looks the same in any language

Author: John H McWhorter
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, such that each language gives its speakers a different 'worldview?' This opinionated book addresses the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which argues that the language we speak shapes the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John H McWhorter
ISBN: 9780199361588 0199361584
OCLC Number: 859298689
Description: xx, 182 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Studies have shown --
Having it both ways? --
An interregnum : on culture --
Dissing the Chinese --
What's the worldview from English? --
Respect for humanity.
Responsibility: John H. McWhorter.

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A provocative argument against the idea that we view the world through the lens of the language we speak.  Read more...

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this manifesto is thought-provoking and well-argued reading not only for the general public but also for linguists. * Angela Bartens, Sociolinguistic Studies * a well-written and stimulating book Read more...

 
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