"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.
In Doctor Dolittle's Delusion, Anderson demonstrates that animals, although having interesting properties of their own communication system, are not capable of acquiring or using human language. Using as a background High Lofting's books, Doctor Dolittle's Delusion illustrates the nature of human language against the communicative abilities of other species. Recently interviewed in the New York Times (Did the Cat Really Say 'I Vant to be Alone'? Sorry, It Said Meow - 9/17/04) Anderson argues that Rico, Koko the ape, and other animals are extremely clever but that this falls within the bounds of what we know animals can do and that these behaviors should not be considered as 'language.'