"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.
A Hubterranean View of Syntax
An Analysis of Linguistic Form through Network Theory
"This book is an inquiry into the foundations of linguistic theory by a young writer, Julie Louise Steele, whose untimely passing means that prospects for her contribution being recognized in the market place of ideas rests on this single and singular publication of her PhD dissertation, submitted to the University of Queensland in 2009." - Dr J Ingram
In A Hubterranean View Of Syntax JL Steele explores the notion that "patterns in nature may be realised in the linguistic form of our own conversations; that our words dance to the same tune that is played out in our world.” To show this "the branch configuration of a tree and its leaf structure echoed in the distributary arrangement in a river delta and the blood vessels of a kidney. Recall the spiral of a shell, its shape reflected in the wind currents of a tornado, the florets of a sunflower head and the curl of a ram's horn."
Splendidly written in the beautiful country of Australia where the Aborigines have a innate relationship with their language and the land."
"Language is nature and nature is language" - Michael Steele