Through the Language Glass – Guy Deutscher

As I get deeper into teaching TOK in curriculum time I’m finding myself more and more drawn to books that try and engage with the subject and this one is fabulous for looking at language. Drawing on tribal languages and the idea of placement in time and space, differences in interpretations of colour from Gladstonian work on Homer and the problem with translating poems about trees into languages that lack genders there is a wealth of materi

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al to get through. The colour obsession is a bit much after a while and I would have liked some more material on how pictorial languages affect the thinkers of the language user but this is the kind of book that gives huge scope for discussion and debate in class and lots of eminently photocopiable material!

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