Friday, 16 September 2011

Bite-sized Japanter N° 5

BSJ No° 5 - In Japanese, the border between blue and green is in a different place than in English. Thus, traffic lights in Japan are said to be Red, Amber and Blue even though it’s exactly the same colour.

Differences in the perceived world that manifest themselves in language are discussed in Guy Deutscher’s excellent excellent excellent book “Through the Language Glass” (http://www.amazon.com/Through-Language-Glass-Different-Languages/dp/080508195X) which I bought Stefan “Mr Stefan” Liberadzki for his birthday (though I read it before I gave it to him). 

No comments:

Post a Comment