"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.
Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of modern times. The
most cited writer in the humanities, his work has revolutionised the field
of linguistics, and has dominated many other disciplines including politics
and the philosophy of mind and human nature. He has also contributed
significantly to our understanding of the abuse of power, and of the
controlling effects of the mass media. This companion brings together a
team of leading linguists, philosophers, cognitive scientists and political
theorists to consolidate the disparate strands of Chomsky's thought into
one accessible volume. Through a range of chapters focusing on the various
aspects of his work, they introduce in a clear and non-technical way the
central themes of his extraordinary effect on our understanding of
language, mind, and the abuse of political power. Comprehensive and
informative, this is an essential guide to one of the leading intellectual
figures of our time.