"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.
De l'imagination à l'entendement. La puissance du langage chez Spinoza
Le langage n'est pas, comme le pensent bon nombre de philosophes à l'époque classique, le véhicule de nos erreurs et l'origine de tous les malentendus. Il est au contraire, à condition d'être intellectualisé, c'est-à-dire réinvesti par la puissance de l'entendement, capable de communiquer le bien et de libérer la multitude du pouvoir symbolique. Il faut pour cela en faire un objet d'étude, le comprendre selon ses propres règles, non plus celles de la vérité, mais celles du sens.
Language is not the vehicle for our mistakes and the source of all misunderstandings. It is on the contrary, provided it is intellectualized, able to communicate the good and release the multitude of symbolic powers.