"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.
Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory
This book re-examines the old debate about the relationship between
rationality and literacy. Does writing "restructure consciousness?" Do
preliterate societies have a different "mind-set" from literate societies?
Is reason "built in" to the way we think? How is literacy related to
numeracy? Is the "logical form" that Western philosophers recognize
anything more than an extrapolation from the structure of the written
sentence? Is logic, as developed formally in Western education,
intrinsically beyond the reach of the preliterate mind? What light, if any,
do the findings of contemporary neuroscience throw on such issues? Roy
Harris challenges the received mainstream opinion that reason is an
intrinsic property of the human mind, and argues that the whole Western
conception of rational thought, from Classical Greece down to modern
symbolic logic, is a by-product of the way literacy developed in European