"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.
Moving Ourselves, Moving Others
Motion and emotion in intersubjectivity, consciousness and language
The close relationship between "motion" (bodily movement) and
"emotion" (feelings) is not an etymological coincidence. While moving
ourselves, we move others; in observing others move – we are moved
ourselves. The fundamentally interpersonal nature of mind and language has
recently received due attention, but the key role of (e)motion in this context
has remained something of a blind spot. The present book rectifies this gap
by gathering contributions from leading philosophers, psychologists and
linguists working in the area. Framed by an introducing prologue and a
summarizing epilogue (written by Colwyn Trevarthen, who brought the
phenomenological notion of "intersubjectivity" to a wider audience some
30 years ago) the volume elaborates a dynamical, active view of emotion,
along with an affect-laden view of motion – and explores their significance for
consciousness, intersubjectivity, and language. As such, it contributes to the
emerging interdisciplinary field of "mind science", transcending hitherto
dominant computationalist and cognitivist approaches.