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Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
by Guy Deutscher
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.41
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disagreement with chapter Sex and Syntax, September 24, 2011
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I am not a linguist but interested in linguistic topics. Thus I enjoyed the book, basically accepting the statements and conclusions Deutscher makes, until reaching page 201 (hardcopy) referring to gender allocation in German. Even as a non linguist the statements made are obviously very misleading. Deutscher states that "women are much more often denied belonging to the feminine gender" in German. His examples are Das Fräulein, Das Mädchen, Das Frauenzimmer. However as a linguist he will know that the diminutives -lein and -chen are always neutral. This is regardless of the noun used. Thus Büblein (small boy), Männchen (small man), Bübchen (small boy) are neutral as well. Also his example Das Frauenzimmer is misleading. Combined nouns in German always use the article of the last part of the noun. In this case Zimmer is neutral, thus Frauenzimmer obviously as well. Other examples would be das Männerhaus (house where the men live): as Haus is neutral Männerhaus is as well. Concluding, these, even for a non linguits, very obvious and basic mistakes make me doubt in all the other statements made in his book. Therefore, although an easy to read book and a book with interesting topics just 2 stars from mys side. Sorry!
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Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods
Calcutta: Chitpur Road Neighborhoods
by Florian Hanig
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tuoching the soul, May 5, 2010
This collection of photographs was initiated due to an architectural project with students. The photos show past glamour, present reality and constant change of one neighbourhood in Calcutta. The photos are technically excellent (although taken in very difficult to master environments), are full of details and provide a snap-shot insight into the life of this neighbourhood. Very touching indeed!

Very recommendable.


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