"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 Autonomist Metatheory for the Generative Enterprise
Can we reasonably speak of 'linguistic realities'? Do theoretical linguists
devise accounts of a reality which exists outside of their theories? In
this provocative and insightful study of the philosophy of linguistics, the
author first investigates the realist/instrumentalist debate in the
philosophy of science, and shows what relevance it has for the sort of
questions linguists might ask themselves about the nature of their
discipline. He proposes a realist philosophy of linguistics, which takes as
its starting point Popper's falsificationist philosophy of science, coupled
with his objective knowledge ontology. The automist methatheory he proposes
for generative linguistics holds, in contradistinction to Chomskyan
psychologism, that there are such realities, but that they are neither
Platonic, nor normative in nature. Rather, they belong properly to Popper's
category of objective knowledge. Linguistic Realities is a major
contribution to the philosophy and methodology of linguistics. Its
application of Popperian philosophy of science to the philosophy of
linguistics will arouse much debate among philosophers and linguists alike.