"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.
In this extraordinarily original and profound work, Noam Chomsky discusses
themes in the study of language and mind since the end of the sixteenth
century in order to explain the motivations and methods that underlie his
work in linguistics, the science of mind, and even politics. This edition
includes a new and specially written introduction by James McGilvray,
contextualizing the work for the twenty-first century. It has been made
more accessible to a larger audience; all the French and German in the
original edition has been translated, and the notes and bibliography have
been brought up to date. The relationship between the original edition
(published in 1966) and contemporary biolinguistic work is also explained.
This challenging volume is an important contribution to the study of
language and mind, and to the history of these studies since the end of the