"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.
Grundfragen der Sprachforschung
Mit Rücksicht auf W. Wundts Sprachpsychologie erörtert
In this 1901 work, Berthold Delbrück (1842–1922), who is famous for his
contribution to the study of the syntax in Indo-European languages, focuses on
Wilhelm Wundt's understanding of speech. Wundt (1832–1920), often referred to
as the 'father of experimental psychology', held that language was one of the
most important aspects of mental processing. In order to account for Wundt's
theories on the nature of the soul, and his belief that emotion and
acts of experience rather than objects, Delbrück compares Wundt's theories
with those of psychologist and educationalist J. F. Herbart (1776–1841).
Delbrück also pays attention to the explanation of such topics as the hand
gestures used by actors (and the people of Naples), the sentence structure of
the German language, and onomatopoeia, though he emphasises that he has
not addressed those elements in Wundt's works which are founded in
psychology rather than in grammar.