"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.
Cognitive-functional perspective on bilingualism.
Unexplored issues such as gender systems, synergic concepts, context and
Focus both on the structure and functioning of the bilingual cognitive system
Bidirectional influence between language channels through the common
underlying conceptual base.
This work has a uniquely cognitive-functional perspective on bi-lingualism.
This means that it makes a clear distinction between real world and
projected world. Information conveyed by language must be about the
projected world. Both the experimental results and the systematic claims in
this volume call for a weak form of whorfianism. The authors examine too
some relatively unexplored issues of bilingualism, such as, among others,
gender systems in the bilingual mind, synergic concepts, and ontological