"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 volume features current linguistic theories, focused on understanding in communication, elaborated in modern Russian linguistics. The problems of understanding in verbal communication highlighted from the positions of various disciplines: linguistics, psychology, pedagogics, cultural and political studies, computer science. It sums up the discussions held at the interdisciplinary conferences /Understanding by Communication, held in Russia in 2003-2012. What makes the volume unique is that it offers ideas that accentuate the paradigms that significantly differ from those are being in the focus of / cultivated in European linguistic schools or American grammatical traditions. The volume is meant as a comprehensive introduction to East European linguistic thought which might be interesting to western Europe-based paradigms, and promotes the views that may boost new perspectives in linguistic research. The book is interesting for language researchers and teachers and for those who intends to get more information about modern trends in linguistics and psychology in Central Europa and Russia.