Guy Deutscher


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Guy Deutscher is the author of Through the Language Glass and The Unfolding of Language. Formerly a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge and of the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages in the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he is an honorary Research Fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures in the University of Manchester.

Through The Language Glass has been short listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2011
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“And if Germans do have systematic minds, this is just as likely to be because their exceedingly erratic mother tongue has exhausted their brains' capacity to cope with any further irregularity”
Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

“Anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language knows only too dearly that languages can be full of pointless irregularities that increase complexity considerably without contributing much to the ability to express ideas. English, for instance, would have losed none of its expressive power if some of its verbs leaved their irregular past tense behind and becomed regular.”
Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

“Really, it is unfair to say that English spelling is not an accurate rendering of speech. It is – it's only that it renders the speech of the 16th century.”
Guy Deutscher, The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention

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