"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.
"A superb overview of the logic of language and its basis in the human mind."
--Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, MIT and author of The
Language Instinct and Words and Rules
This study treats human language as the manifestation of a faculty of the
mind, which is seen as a mental organ whose nature is determined by human
biology and whose functional properties should be explored as physiology
explores the functional properties of physical organs. The book surveys the
nature of the language faculty in its various aspects: the systems of
sounds, words, and syntax, the development of language in the child and
historically, what is known about its relation to the brain.