"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.
Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 6
Metaphor is a topical issue across a number of disciplines, wherever
researchers are concerned with how speakers and writers package and process
messages. This book is addressed at readers from diverse academic
backgrounds who are interested in ways of researching metaphor from
different perspectives, and especially through corpus linguistics.
A number of approaches to and exploitations of metaphor, including
conceptual metaphor theory and cognitive approaches more generally, text
and spoken discourse analysis, and CDA, are discussed, explored and
critiqued using corpus data. The book also includes corpus linguistic
studies of different aspects of metaphor, which investigate its linguistic
and semantic properties and relate them to current theoretical views. The
book demonstrates the need for naturally-occurring language data to be used
in the development of metaphor theory, and shows the value of corpus data
and techniques in this work.