"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.
Unlike clinical neurolinguistics, theoretical neurolinguistics is concerned with the problems of compatibility and the linking of linguistic, neurpsychological and philosophical research which is necessary for the understanding of pathological cases concerning language. Keeping this in mind, the author successively presents the basic principles of Guillaumien linguistics, a series of classical data of the neuropsychology of aphasia and a philosophical conception of the relationship between thought and language (the same as that developed by Merleau-Ponty). This book is indispensible reference work for linguists, neuropsychologists and philosophers who are interested in the biological aspects of human language.
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