"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.
Philosophical Languages in the Seventeenth Century: Dalgarno, Wilkins, Leibniz
This book gives a clear and thorough description of three fascinating
linguistic projects that were carried out in the seventeenth century: the
philosophical languages of George Dalgarno (1661) and John Wilkins (1668),
as well as the work of Leibniz in this area. These projects combined
practical purposes, such as improving communication, with profound
theoretical insights concerning the representation of knowledge and the
nature of language. Rich in detail, this book provides all the material for
a proper understanding of the workings of these schemes, while illuminating
the intellectual context in which they took shape. It will be welcomed by
anyone interested in the history of linguistics and philosophy of language.