"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.
An Investigation on the Borderlines of Phenomenology, Ontology, and Semiotics
Diagrammatology investigates the role of diagrams for thought and
knowledge. Based on the general doctrine of diagrams in Charles Peirce's
mature work, Diagrammatology claims diagrams to constitute a centerpiece of
epistemology. The book reflects Peirce's work on the issue in Husserl's
contemporanous doctrine of "categorial intuition" and charts the many
unnoticed similarities between Peircean semiotics and early Husserlian
phenomenology. Diagrams, on a Peircean account, allow for observation and
experimentation with ideal structures and objects and thus furnish the
access to the synthetic a priori of the regional and formal ontology of the
The second part of the book focusses on three regional branches of
semiotics: biosemiotics, picture analysis, and the theory of literature.
Based on diagrammatology, these domains appear as accessible for a
diagrammatological approach which leaves the traditional relativism and
culturalism of semiotics behind and hence constitutes a realist semiotics.