"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.
Note: This is a new edition of a previously published title.
Roger Lass is concerned about the nature of argumentation within
linguistics and the status of its data and theoretical constructs. Through
an examination of standard strategies of explanation in historical
linguistics (particularly of phonological change), in the light of past
approaches to scientific epistemology, Dr Lass convincingly demonstrates
that attempts to model explanations of linguistic change on those of the
physical sciences are failures both in practice and in principle. Linguists
can neither assimilate their discipline crudely to the natural or the other
human sciences nor, at the other extreme, shelter behind the notion of a
private self-validating paradigm. Although Dr Lass outlines some tentative
paths towards an alternative epistemology, his main concern is that
linguists should confront the philosophical implications of their subject,
and he raises questions which both linguists and philosophers will need to