"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.
This work seeks to chart what happens in the embodied minds of engaged
readers when they read literature. Despite the recent stylistic,
linguistic, and cognitive advances that have been made in text-processing
methodology and practice, very little is known about this
cultural-cognitive process and especially about the role that emotion
plays. Burke’s theoretical and empirical study focuses on three central
issues: the role emotions play in a core cognitive event like literary text
processing; the kinds of bottom-up and top-down inputs most prominently
involved in the literary reading process; and what might be happening in
the minds and bodies of engaged readers when they experience intense or
heightened emotions: a phenomenon sometimes labelled "reader epiphany."
This study postulates that there is a free-flow of bottom-up and top-down
affective, cognitive inputs during the engaged act of literary reading, and
that reading does not necessarily begin or end when our eyes apprehend the
words on the page. Burke argues that the literary reading human mind might
best be considered both figuratively and literally, not as computational or
mechanical, but as oceanic.