"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.
Words and Minds: How We Use Language to Think Together
Words and Minds takes a lively and accessible look at the evolution of language and how we use language in joint activities. Examining everyday language and drawing on a wide range of research, Neil Mercer provides a unified account of the relationship between thought and language. Mercer analyses real-life examples of language being used effectively or otherwise in many differ ent settings, including workplaces and schools, the home, the Internet, and the courtroom, and offers practical insights into how we might improve our communication skills. Words and Minds will appeal to anyone interested in language and how we use it. 'For anyone interested in the functions of human language, Words and Minds should be essential reading' - Guy Cook, Reading University. 'Using wide ranging and fascinating language data, Words and Minds with its multidisciplinary and cross-cultural approach captures the reader's interest and holds it from beginning to end' Jean Stilwell Peccei, Roehampton Institute London 'There can be few more fundamental questions that how human beings use language to think and act together. Neil Mercer has produced a terrific resource for all of us in tackling this question in a clear and comprehensive way' - Angela Goddard, Manchester Metropolitan University