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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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Title: Language and Religion
Subtitle: A Journey into the Human Mind
Written By: William Downes
Description:

Language and Religion offers an innovative theory of religion as a class of
cultural representations, dependent on language to unify diverse capacities
of the human mind. It argues that religion is widespread because it is
implicit in the way the mind processes the world, as it determines what we
ought to do, practically and morally, to achieve our goals. Focusing on the
world religions, the book relates modern cognitive theories of language and
communication to culture and its dissemination. It explains basic features
of religion such as the supernatural, the normative, abstract and ideal
theological concepts such as ‘God', and religious feeling. It develops a
linguistic theory, based on how utterances are understood, of metaphysical
and moral ‘mysteries' and their key role in thought and action. It shows
how such concepts gain strength in the light of their successful use, and
when tempered by criticism, can also have genuine authority.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521792231
ISBN-13: 9780521792233
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