"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
Theory Groups and the Study of Language in North America. A Social History
This is a detailed social history of North American linguistic traditions and "revolutionary" challenges to them, covering the last century and a half. In particular, the book traces the relatively recent growth of generative syntax out of neo-Bloomfieldian structuralism, under the nurturing (contrary to popular myth) of powerful "gatekeepers" like LANGUAGE editor Bernard Bloch. Although focusing on groups, Murray resurrects many of the forgotten writers on language in society who were not participants in schools or theory groups. Moreover, he formulates a theory of the social basis for claims of "scientific revolution", and provides a suggestive analysis of why some approaches succeeded while others failed in the continuing and often rhetorically violent contention in linguistics. Includes a 74-page bibliography.