"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.
Event Representation in Language and Cognition examines new research into
how the mind deals with the experience of events. Empirical research into
the cognitive processes involved when people view events and talk about
them is still a young field. The chapters by leading experts draw on data
from the description of events in spoken and signed languages, first and
second language acquisition, co-speech gesture and eye movements during
language production, and from non-linguistic categorization and other
tasks. The book highlights newly found evidence for how perception,
thought, and language constrain each other in the experience of events. It
will be of particular interest to linguists, psychologists, and
philosophers, as well as to anyone interested in the representation and
processing of events.