"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.
The present volume contains articles of well-known representatives of Meaning-Text Theory (MTT) and other related linguistic theories. The focus of the volume is on semantics, semantic representation and relation of semantics to surface in MTT. Founded by I. Mel'cuk and A. Zholkovsky in the sixties in Moscow, MTT soon became known in the West as a "prominent outsider" theory. The picture has changed since then, though, as MTT gained importance in several areas of linguistics and computational linguistics. It has influenced the design of new grammar formalisms such as Dependency Tree Grammars. Also, specific parts of MTT have been directly taken into other theories; as, for example, the work on integrating Lexical Functions into Pustejovsky's Generative Lexicon.