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Dreaming in Hindi por Katherine Russell Rich
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Dreaming in Hindi (edição 2009)

por Katherine Russell Rich

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An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.   After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences--ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating--using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.… (mais)
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Título:Dreaming in Hindi
Autores:Katherine Russell Rich
Informação:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009), Hardcover, 384 pages
Colecções:Lidos mas não possuídos
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Etiquetas:language, linguistics, travel, India, Hindi, memoir

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I liked this book, but I didn't love it. As a linguist, the various tidbits of language acquisition theory the author explains are not new to me, but it was interesting to see them explained in general terms. However, that wasn't the part that bothered me. Eventually I got really tired of the plot (or lack thereof). The author goes from event to event, and it's not always clear why some of these events have been included. Obviously the events where she felt a breakthrough in her Hindi skills are important, but often I was left to wonder why she was including a certain story. The whole book would've been improved by tightening up the narrative so that only stories relevant to her point were included.

There is also a great deal more discussion of Hindu-Muslim violence in India than I was expecting. This seems to be because the author herself wasn't expecting it, but I don't feel that it adds much to her overall theme of advancing her Hindi skills.

I was intrigued by the parts dealing with deaf students and home signs in Rajasthan. Could the students at the school where she volunteered be another case like Nicaraguan sign language? Fascinating! The answers aren't given, but it's potentially a great area for research on sign language and language genesis. ( )
1 vote Lindoula | Sep 25, 2017 |
I have long been intrigued by the idea that the language we speak influences the way we think, so I was excited to find this book. I am also partial to books about India, so I bought it without hesitation. Unfortunately, I found it a disappointing read. From the beginning there was something about the writing that stood like à heavy curtain between the writer's experience and my ability to share it. I can only describe it as a vagueness. It took me ages to finish. I am still on the lookout for other memoirs that explore the concept of language and experience. Any suggestions? ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Not very well written and a very drab account of the author learning a new language (Hindi). Her experiences with an interesting cast of characters including her host family and with assorted princes and maharajahs in the state of Rajasthan.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Not very well written and a very drab account of the author learning a new language (Hindi). Her experiences with an interesting cast of characters including her host family and with assorted princes and maharajahs in the state of Rajasthan.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
his interesting chronicle Katherine Rich details her yearlong experience learning Hindi in Udaipur. The book is sometimes a little difficult because it changes directions at times to explain the learning process of learning another language and learning sigh language. ( )
  Lakenvelder | Nov 10, 2013 |
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An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.   After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences--ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating--using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

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