Jan Fontein was born in Naarden, Netherlands on May 22, 1927. He studied Chinese and Japanese literature at Leiden University, receiving an undergraduate degree in 1945. In 1953, he passed his doctoral exams in Chinese and Japanese art and the art and archaeology of Southeast Asia. He was a curator of Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for nearly a decade before being named acting director in 1975. He was the director from 1976 until his retirement in 1987. He wrote several books including The Pilgrimage of Sudhana: A Study of Gandavyuha Illustrations in China, Japan and Java, The Law of Cause and Effect in Ancient Java, and Entering the Dharmadhatu: A Study of the Gandavyuha Reliefs of Borobudur. He died from complication of Parkinson's disease on May 19, 2017 at the age of 89.
Wheelock’s Latin 7th Edition retains its signature core of authentic Latin readings—curated from the works of Cicero, Vergil, and other major Roman authors of classical literature, drama, and poetry, as well as inscriptions, artifacts, and even authentic graffiti—that demonstrate the ancient Romans’ everyday use of Latin: Latin as a living language.
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Linguistics has long shied away from claiming any link between a language and the culture of its speakers: too much simplistic (even bigoted) chatter about the romance of Italian and the goose-stepping orderliness of German has made serious thinkers wary of the entire subject. But now, acclaimed linguist Guy Deutscher has dared to reopen the issue. Can culture influence language—and vice versa? Can different languages lead their speakers to different thoughts? Could our experience of the world depend on whether our language has a word for "blue"?
Challenging the consensus that the fundaments of language are hard-wired in our genes and thus universal, Deutscher argues that the answer to all these questions is—yes. In thrilling fashion, he takes us from Homer to Darwin, from Yale to the Amazon, from how to name the rainbow to why Russian water—a "she"—becomes a "he" once you dip a tea bag into her, demonstrating that language does in fact reflect culture in ways that are anything but trivial. Audacious, delightful, and field-changing, Through the Language Glass is a classic of intellectual discovery.
Exercises throughout provide opportunities for puzzling out concepts, committing terms and data to memory, and applying ideas. A comprehensive glossary and up-to-date bibliographies help to guide further study.