"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 Linguistics argues that language is governed by general cognitive
principles, rather than by a special-purpose language module. This
introductory textbook surveys the field of cognitive linguistics as a
distinct area of study, presenting its theoretical foundations and the
arguments supporting it. Clearly organised and accessibly written, it
provides a useful introduction to the relationship between language and
cognitive processing in the human brain. It covers the main topics likely
to be encountered in a course or seminar, and provides a synthesis of study
and research in this fast-growing field of linguistics. The authors begin
by explaining the conceptual structures and cognitive processes governing
linguistic representation and behaviour, and go on to explore cognitive
approaches to lexical semantics, as well as syntactic representation and
analysis, focusing on the closely related frameworks of cognitive grammar
and construction grammar. This much-needed introduction will be welcomed by
students in linguistics and cognitive science.