"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.
Summarizing her pioneering work on the semiotic analysis of gestures in
conversational settings, Geneviève Calbris offers a comprehensive account
of her unique perspective on the relationship between gesture, speech, and
thought. She highlights the various functions of gesture and especially shows
how various gestural signs can be created in the same gesture by analogical
links between physical and semantic elements. Originating in our world
experience via mimetic and metonymic processes, these analogical links are
activated by contexts of use and thus lead to a diverse range of semantic
constructions rather as, from the components of a Meccano kit, many
different objects can be assembled. By (re)presenting perceptual schemata
that mediate between the concrete and the abstract, gesture may frequently
anticipate verbal formulation. Arguing for gesture as a symbolic system in its
own right that interfaces with thought and speech production, Calbris’ book
brings a challenging new perspective to gesture studies and will be seminal
for generations of gesture researchers.