"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.
Conditional constructions have long fascinated linguists, grammarians and
philosophers. In this pioneering new study, Barbara Dancygier and Eve
Sweetser offer a new descriptive framework for the study of conditionality,
broadening the range of richly described conditional constructions. They
explore theoretical issues such as the compositionality of constructional
meaning, describing both the mental-space building processes underlying
conditional thinking, and the form-meaning relationship involved in
expressing conditionality. Using a broad range of attested English
conditional constructions, the book examines inter-constructional
relationships. Within the framework of Mental Spaces theory, shared
parameters of meaning are shown to be relevant to conditional constructions
generally, as well as to related temporal and causal constructions. This
significant contribution to the field will be welcomed by a wide range of
researchers in theoretical and cognitive linguistics.