"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.
When we communicate, we communicate in a certain context and this context
shapes our utterances. Natural languages are context-bound and deixis
'concerns the ways in which languages encode or grammaticalise features of
the context of utterance or speech event, and thus also concerns ways in
which the interpretation of utterances depends on the analysis of that
context of utterance' (Stephen Levinson).
The systems of deixis and demonstratives in the Oceanic languages
represented in the contributions to this volume illustrate the fascinating
complexity of spatial reference in these languages. Some of the studies
presented here highlight social aspects of deictic reference illustrating
de Leon's point that 'reference is a collaborative task'. It is hoped that
this anthology will contribute to a better understanding of this area and
provoke further studies in this extremely interesting, though still rather
underdeveloped, research area.