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"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



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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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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.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

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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.


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Title: The Evolution of Human Language
Subtitle: Biolinguistic Perspectives
Edited By: Richard K Larson
Viviane Déprez
Hiroko Yamakido
Description:

The way language as a human faculty has evolved is a question that
preoccupies researchers from a wide spread of disciplines. In this book, a
team of writers has been brought together to examine the evolution of
language from a variety of such standpoints, including language's genetic
basis, the anthropological context of its appearance, its formal structure,
its relation to systems of cognition and thought, as well as its possible
evolutionary antecedents. The book includes Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch's
seminal and provocative essay on the subject, 'The Faculty of Language,'
and charts the progress of research in this active and highly controversial
field since its publication in 2002. This timely volume will be welcomed by
researchers and students in a number of disciplines, including linguistics,
evolutionary biology, psychology, and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Anthropological Linguistics
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