"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.
A study of the linguistic philosophy of Wilhelm von Humboldt, Prussian
philologist and politician (1767-1835)
With the loss of many of the world's languages, it is important to question
what will be lost to humanity with their demise. It is frequently argued
that a language engenders a 'worldview', but what do we mean by this term?
Attributed to German politician and philologist Wilhelm von Humboldt
(1767-1835), the term has since been adopted by numerous linguists. Within
specialist circles it has become associated with what is known as the
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis which suggests that the nature of a language
influences the thought of its speakers and that different language patterns
yield different patterns of thought.
Underhill's concise and rigorously researched book clarifies the main ideas
and proposals of Humboldt's linguistic philosophy and demonstrates the way
his ideas can be adopted and adapted by thinkers and linguists today. A
detailed glossary of terms is provided in order to clarify key concepts and
to translate the German terms used by Humboldt.
This book is available in North America from Columbia University Press.