"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.
This is the long-awaited third edition of Chomsky's outstanding collection
of essays on language and mind. The first six chapters, originally
published in the 1960s, made a groundbreaking contribution to linguistic
theory. This new edition complements them with an additional chapter and a
new preface, bringing Chomsky's influential approach into the twenty-first
century. Chapters 1-6 present Chomsky's early work on the nature and
acquisition of language as a genetically endowed, biological system
(Universal Grammar), through the rules and principles of which we acquire
an internalized knowledge (I-language). Over the past fifty years, this
framework has sparked an explosion of inquiry into a wide range of
languages, and has yielded some major theoretical questions. The final
chapter revisits the key issues, reviewing the 'biolinguistic' approach
that has guided Chomsky's work from its origins to the present day, and
raising some novel and exciting challenges for the study of language and mind.