"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.
On the Biological Nature of Natural Language and Other Essays
The present volume contains six essays by Simeon Romportl, Professor
Emeritus of the University of Brno, in which the author deals with various
fundamental linguistic concepts from the point of view of evolutionary
based linguistics: In memoriam Charles Darwin and August Schleicher:
Thinking of the times when linguistics was a science of the evolution of man;
Remarks in memoriam August Schleicher: 1 The problem of standard language,
2 Some criticisms of Schleicher;
On the biological nature of natural language;
Linguistic idiosyncrasies and inherited taboos in the ontology of language;
At the beginning of the 21st century;
On the mental function of language and the asymmetrical character of the sign.
The volume is accompanied by a complete bibliography of Romportl’s writings.