"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.
A single-authored survey to the field of analytic philosophy of language. This very accessible, reader-friendly and largely jargon-free text is ideally suited as an adjunct text for students struggling to make sense of the typically rather difficult primary materials / articles covered in intermediate and upper-level Philosophy of Language courses, or those in related disciplines wanting an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject, with suggestions for further study (each chapter ends with a detailed Suggested Readings section). The text is distinctive in that it is informed by recent research in linguistics as well as in philosophy, and in that its discussion of various topics--syntax, speech acts, indexicals, metaphor--is organized around a unified theme: language as a system of symbols that is known and used.