"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.
Sinnbilder für Sprache [Images for Language. Metaphorical Alternatives to the Terminology-based Interpretation of Language]
Metaphorische Alternativen zur begrifflichen Erschließung von Sprache
Everybody is familiar with language, but this certainly does not mean that
everybody has a sufficient understanding of language. Usually we try to
objectivize our knowledge of language by using terminology. In the process we
easily forget that language can also be concretized revealingly by means of
images or symbols. This form of objectivization is particularly suitable for
grasping the diverse and pragmatic potential functions of language. Moreover,
images can also provide good access to the substructures of our terminology-
based knowledge of language.