"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.
Conquista y Conversión [Conquest and Conversion]
Universos semióticos, textualidad y legitimación de saberes en la América colonial
This volume examines the symbolic systems that governed America’s integration into the European weltanschauung. These symbolic systems included Amerindian myths and religious beliefs along with the concepts of Christian belief, introduced and taught by the Europeans. As the indigenous American populations progressively assimilated, the colonialist enterprise was described and justified in historical treatises. This study presents a detailed examination of political, legal, theological, and historiographic problems associated with this process.
El volumen se ocupa de la operatividad de los órdenes semióticos tanto autóctonos como traídos de Europa en la construcción de América en el imaginario occidental. La conversión de los indígenas fue clave en el proyecto de asimilar a los pueblos nativos. Paralelamente, la empresa colonial fue descrita, representada y legitimada mediante la narración histórica. El volumen ilumina algunas parcelas de ese vasto entramado semiótico, textual y argumentativo.