"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.
We live in a risk society - or network society - that has turned liquid,
inhabitants of a multi-layered information-rich environment. The
uncertainties of noise, gossip, rumour, disinformation and 'chatter'
surround us, demanding our interpretations. And yet, despite the abundance
of social science literature on uncertainly, there is still a serious lag
in communication theory. The main claim of this book is therefore that
theories of intersubjectivity, dialogue and understanding are now out of
joint with our world. We need to return to a theory of the ethics of
interpretation which casts off the fetters of both the intersubjective
paradigm of Habermas' rationalistic communication theory and
systems-theoretical responses to that paradigm which seriously neglect the
role of the human agent. Uncertainty and Communication offers new
theoretical investigations into the communicating subject in society. It
argues that although the noise of our world creates informational strain
for agents and the pressure to interpret from multiple truths, multiple
selves and multiple realities, that very interpretative pressure is the
ethical imperative of the communicating subject.