"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.
This volume is a collection of original contributions from outstanding
scholars in linguistics, philosophy and computational linguistics exploring
the relation between word meaning and human linguistic creativity. The
papers present different aspects surrounding the question of what is word
meaning, a problem that has been the center of heated debate in all those
disciplines that directly or indirectly are concerned with the study of
language and of human cognition. The discussions are centered around the
newly emerging view of the mental lexicon, as outlined in the Generative
Lexicon theory (Pustejovsky, 1995), which proposes a unified model for
defining word meaning. The individual contributors present their evidence
for a generative approach as well as critical perspectives, which provides
for a volume where word meaning is not viewed only from a particular angle
or from a particular concern, but from a wide variety of topics, each
introduced and explained by the editors.