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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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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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Title: Evidence, Experience, Sense
Subtitle: The Hidden Cultural Legacy of English
Written By: Anna Wierzbicka
Description:

This book is based on two ideas: first, that any language-English no less than
any other-represents a universe of meaning, shaped by the history and
experience of the men and women who have created it, and second, that in
any language certain culture-specific words act as linchpins for whole
networks of meanings, and that penetrating the meanings of those key words
can therefore open our eyes to an entire cultural universe. In this book Anna
Wierzbicka demonstrates that three uniquely English words-evidence,
experience, and sense-are exactly such linchpins. Using a rigorous plain
language approach to meaning analysis, she unpackages the dense cultural
meanings of these key words, disentangles their multiple meanings, and
traces their origins back to the tradition of British empiricism. In so doing she
reveals much about cultural attitudes embedded not only in British and
American English, but other global varieties of English.

An interdisciplinary work, "Experience, Evidence, and Sense" is accessible
to both scholars and students in linguistics and English, as well as historians
of ideas, sociologists, anthropologists, literary scholars, and scholars of
communication.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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ISBN: 0195368002
ISBN-13: 9780195368000
Pages: 512
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