"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.
Polemik und Argumentation in der Wissenschaft des 19. Jahrhunderts [Polemics and Argumentation in the Academic Discourse of the 19th Century]
Eine pragmalinguistische Untersuchung der Auseinandersetzung zwischen Carl Vogt und Rudolph Wagner um die 'Seele'
Carl Vogt’s quarrel with Rudolph Wagner is considered to be a culmination
of the materialism dispute in the 19th century. Out of this basically
academic issue on the nature of human mental functions, a personal dispute
quickly developed which was unrivalled in thematic incisiveness and
expression. The aim of this study is the detailed linguistic analysis of
the polemics and argumentation in this dispute based on extensive text
excerpts, in which for the first time detailed linguistic studies on Vogt
and Wagner are presented.