"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.
The claim of this book is that truth is a matter of language games and practical
achievements: it is a “member phenomenon”. To document this statement, it
proceeds to the investigation of instances of truth-related practices in various
Arab contexts. Bearing on the constitution of actions and events, on what is
factual or objective, on predictability, consequentiality, intentionality, causality,
and on the many ways people orient to them, such a varied set of questions
appears thoroughly moral. The praxeological respecification this book
undertakes leads to important considerations regarding the question of morality
in ordinary reasoning, and the categories and categorizations on which that
morality is based: moral values are publicly available; morality has a modal
logic; moral values and conventions have an open texture; objectivity is a
practical achievement carried out by members of society; the moral order is an
omnipresent, constitutive characteristic of social practice.