"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 introduction to pragmatics provides an authoritative and comprehensive
account of its central topics and a guide to the latest research. After
describing the subject's scope and history, it examines conversational and
conventional implicature, presupposition, speech act theory, and deixis. It
then explores the interfaces between pragmatics and other core areas of
inquiry, including cognition (focussing on relevance theory), semantics,
and syntax. Professor Huang's lively account contains exercises with
suggested solutions, a glossary, and guides to further reading. This is the
ideal textbook for students of linguistics. It is also a valuable resource
for scholars in related fields.