"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.
Who among us hasn't eavesdropped on a stranger's conversation in a theater
or restaurant? Indeed, scientists have found that even animals eavesdrop on
the calls and cries of others. In Eavesdropping, John Locke provides the
first serious look at this virtually universal phenomenon. Locke's
entertaining and disturbing account explores everything from
sixteenth-century voyeurism to Hitchcock's "Rear Window;" from chimpanzee
behavior to Parisian café society; from private eyes to Facebook and
Twitter. He uncovers the biological drive behind the behavior and
highlights its consequences across history and cultures. Eavesdropping can
be a good thing--an attempt to understand what goes on in the lives of
others so as to know better how to live one's own. Even birds who listen in
on the calls of distant animals tend to survive longer. But Locke also
concedes that eavesdropping has a bad name. It can encompass cheating to
get unfair advantage, espionage to uncover secrets, and secretly monitoring
emails to maintain power over employees. In the age of CCTV, phone
and computer hacking, this is eye-opening reading.