"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.
Contents: O.Leska (): Prague School Linguistics: Units in Diversity; P.Siriot: The Impact of Czech and Russian Biology on the Linguistic Thoughts of the Prague Linguistic Circle; P.Sgall: Types of Languages and Probabilistic Implication Laws; C.H.van Schoonveld: Are the Phonological Distinctive Features Ordered?; Y.Tobin: Developmental and Clinical Phonology: The Prague School and Beyond; E.Stankiewicz: Grammatical Categories and Their Formal Patterns; B.H.Partee: Nominal and Temporal Semantic Structure; Aspect and uantification; H.Kucera: In the Beginning Was the Verb: Markedness in Grammatical Categories; J.Sabrsula: Aspect, Contexte, Distribution; W.U.Dressler: What is Natural in Natural Morphology (NM)?; A.Steube and A.Spdth: Determination in German and Russian; T.Hoskovec: Sur la paradigmatisation du verbe indo-europien (premihre partie); M.Komarek: Autosemantic Parts of Speech in Czech; A.Boguslawski: Inherently Thematic or Rhematic Units of Language; E.Hajicova and I.Kruijff-Korbayova: On the Notion of Topic; J.Firbas: The Theory of Functional Sentence Perspective as a Reflection of an Effort Towards a Means-Ends Model of Language; L.Duskova: Basic Distribution of Communicative Dynamism vs. Nonlinear Indication of Functional Sentence Perspective; M.Jelmnek: Anregungen des Prager linguistischen Zirkels zur Verwissenschaftlichung der Stilistik; J.V.Neustupny: Sociolinguistics and the Prague School; L.R.Waugh: Roman Jakobson's Intellectual Influence in America; H.Schnelle: Dichotomies in the Brain - Jakobsonian and Modern.