"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.
Processes constitute the world of human experience - from nature to
cognition to social reality. Yet our philosophical and scientific theories
of nature and experience have traditionally prioritized concepts for static
objects and structures. The essays collected here call for a review of the
role of dynamic categories in the language of theories. They present old
and new descriptive tools for the modelling of dynamic domains, and argue
for the merits of process-based explanations in ontology, cognitive
science, semiotics, linguistics, philosophy of mind, robotics, theoretical
biology, music theory, and philosophy of chemistry and physics. The
collection is of interest to professional researchers in any of these
fields; it establishes - for the very first time - crossdisciplinary
contact among recent process-based research movements and might witness a
conceptual paradigm shift in the making.