I Speak Therefore I Am

Author: Andrea Moro
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231533926
Format: PDF
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There are no men so dull and stupid, not even idiots, as to be incapable of joining together different words, and thereby constructing a declaration by which to make their thoughts understood.... On the other hand, there is no other animal, however perfect or happily circumstanced which can do the like.—Descartes Language is more like a snowflake than a giraffe's neck. Its specific properties are determined by laws of nature, they have not developed through the accumulation of historical accidents.—Noam Chomsky In I Speak, Therefore I Am, the Italian linguist and neuroscientist Andrea Moro composes an album of his favorite quotations from the history of linguistics, beginning with the Book of Genesis and the power of naming and concluding with Noam Chomsky's metaphor that language is a snowflake. Moro's seventeen linguistic thoughts and his commentary on them display the humanness of language: our need to name and interpret this world and create imaginary ones, to express and understand ourselves. This book is sure to delight anyone who enjoys the ineffable paradox that is human language.

Languages and the Military

Author: H. Footitt
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137033088
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Through detailed case studies ranging from the 18th century until today,this book explores the role of foreign languages in military alliances, in occupation and in peace building. It brings together academic researchers and practitioners from the museum and interpreting worlds and the military.

Was f r Lebewesen sind wir

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518748289
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Noam Chomsky gilt als der Begründer der modernen Linguistik und als einer der Gründerväter der Kognitionswissenschaften. Zugleich ist er einer der meistgelesenen politischen Denker der Welt. Dieses Buch ist die philosophische Summe seines Lebens: Erstmals führt er alle seine großen Themen zusammen und begibt sich auf die Suche nach dem Wesen des Menschen. Chomsky nimmt seinen Ausgang bei der Sprache. Diese ist für ihn ein angeborener Mechanismus, der ein keineswegs zwingendes Muster aufweist und unser Denken bestimmt. Wir alle denken gemäß diesem Muster – und daher können wir auch nur das wissen, was die menschliche Sprache zu denken erlaubt. Einige Geheimisse der Natur könnten uns deshalb für immer verborgen bleiben. Zugleich eröffnet die Sprache aber eine kreative Freiheit; uns ist ein Freiheitsinstinkt gegeben, der uns gegen Herrschaft aufbegehren und eine freie Entfaltung suchen lässt. In der libertären Tradition von Wilhelm von Humboldt, John Stuart Mill und Rudolf Rocker zeichnet uns Chomsky als anarchische Lebewesen, die nach einer Assoziation freier Menschen streben.

Afrikaner Political Thought 1780 1850

Author: André Du Toit
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520043190
Format: PDF
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This, the first volume of a projected trilogy, is a collection, with explanatory and critical comments, of 140 key documents - letters, speeches, manifestos, reports, petitions, diary entries and newspaper editorials - of Afrikaners over the period 1780 - 1850.

Rahel Levin Varnhagen

Author: Heidi Thomann Tewarson
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803294363
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For a woman, Rahel Levin Varnhagen (1771-1833) occupied a unique place in German intellectual history. Heidi Tewarson gives us a rich account of Varnhagen's intellectual community and her writings which led to her reputation as a leading intellectual of her era--a champion of literary figures and movements, of human rights, and of Enlightenment values. 17 illustrations.

Technology and the Diverse Learner

Author: Marty Bray
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483374734
Format: PDF
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Specifically designed for the K-12 inclusive classroom, this timely handbook demonstrates how to easily and effectively capitalize on available technology.

Latinos in American Society

Author: Ruth Enid Zambrana
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801461521
Format: PDF
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It is well known that Latinos in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of low educational attainment, high residential segregation, and low visibility in the national political landscape. In Latinos in American Society, Ruth Enid Zambrana brings together the latest research on Latinos in the United States to demonstrate how national origin, age, gender, socioeconomic status, and education affect the well-being of families and individuals. By mapping out how these factors result in economic, social, and political disadvantage, Zambrana challenges the widespread negative perceptions of Latinos in America and the single story of Latinos in the United States as a monolithic group. Synthesizing an increasingly substantial body of social science research-much of it emerging from the interdisciplinary fields of Chicano studies, U.S. Latino studies, critical race studies, and family studies-the author adopts an intersectional "social inequality lens" as a means for understanding the broader sociopolitical dynamics of the Latino family, considering ethnic subgroup diversity, community context, institutional practices, and their intersections with family processes and well-being. Zambrana, a leading expert on Latino populations in America, demonstrates the value of this approach for capturing the contemporary complexity of and transitions within diverse U.S. Latino families and communities. This book offers the most up-to-date portrait we have of Latinos in America today.