"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.
Mirror neurons may hold the brain’s key to social interaction - each coding
not only a particular action or emotion but also the recognition of that
action or emotion in others. The Mirror System Hypothesis adds an
evolutionary arrow to the story - from the mirror system for hand actions,
shared with monkeys and chimpanzees, to the uniquely human mirror system
for language. In this volume, written to be accessible to a wide audience,
experts from child development, computer science, linguistics,
neuroscience, primatology and robotics present and analyze the mirror
system and show how studies of action and language can illuminate each
other. Topics discussed in the fifteen chapters include: What do
chimpanzees and humans have in common? Does the human capability for
language rest on brain mechanisms shared with other animals? How do human
infants acquire language? What can be learned from imaging the human brain?
How are sign- and spoken-language related? Will robots learn to act and
speak like humans?