"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.
Based on fieldwork carried out in a Mayan village in Guatemala, this book
examines local understandings of mind through the lens of language and
culture. It focuses on a variety of grammatical structures and discursive
practices through which mental states are encoded and social relations are
expressed: inalienable possessions, such as body parts and kinship terms;
interjections, such as 'ouch' and 'yuck'; complement-taking predicates,
such as 'believe' and 'desire'; and grammatical categories such as
mood, status and evidentiality. And, more generally, it develops a
theoretical framework through which both community-specific and
human-general features of mind may be contrasted and compared. It will be
of interest to researchers and students working within the disciplines of
anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy.