"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.
Philosophy of Language and Other Matters in the Work of Anton Marty
One of the most important students of Franz Brentano was Anton Marty, who
made it his task to develop a philosophy of language on the basis of
Brentano’s analysis of mind. It is most unfortunate that Marty does not
receive the attention he deserves, primarily due to his detailed and
distracting polemics. In the analysis presented here his philosophy of
language and other aspects of his thought, such as his ontology (which
ultimately diverges from Brentano’s), are examined first and foremost in
their positive rather than critical character. The analysis is moreover
supplemented by translations of four important works by Marty, including
his entire work On the Origin of Language. These are in fact the
first English translations of any substantial writings by him. The
resulting picture that emerges from the analysis and translations is that
Marty has much to say that proves to be of enduring interest for the
philosophy of language on a range of topics, especially the meanings of
statements, of emotive expressions, and of names as regards both their
communicative and their ontological aspects. The volume will be of interest
not only to philosophers and historians of philosophy, but also to
historians of linguistics and psychology.