"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.
With the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union,
there is a widespread assumption that capitalism is triumphant and
immutable. It is now necessary for scholars to assess the strengths and
weaknesses of capitalism, and the emerging processes that are transforming
it. In The Transformation of Capitalist Society, Harris presents a
compelling interpretation of the self-transformative capacities of
capitalism. He argues that economic democracy and employee ownership and
control are viable, socio-economic strategies of the transformation of
capitalist societies. This book provides a valuable historical, economic,
and sociological analysis of changes in the capitalist system. Although
this book is not about linguistics or language, it is of interest to
linguists (aside from its intrinsic interest to anyone) because of its
author's role in the development of a science of language.