"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 dawn of language, imagination and spirituality
The emergence of symbolic culture, classically identified with the European
cave paintings of the Ice Age, is now seen, in the light of recent groundbreaking
discoveries, as a complex nonlinear process taking root in a remote past and in
different regions of the planet. In this book the archaeologists responsible for
some of these new discoveries, flanked by ethologists interested in primate
cognition and cultural transmission, evolutionary psychologists modelling the
emergence of metarepresentations, as well as biologists, philosophers, neuro-
scientists and an astronomer combine their research findings. Their results call
into question our very conception of human nature and animal behaviour, and
they create epistemological bridges between disciplines that build the
foundations for a novel vision of our lineage's cultural trajectory and the
processes that have led to the emergence of human societies as we know