"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.
English Mediopassive Constructions
A Cognitive, Corpus-Based Study of Their Origin, Spread, and Current Status.
This book provides the first empirical study of the history and spread of
mediopassive constructions. It investigates the productivity of the
pattern, the spread of the construction in Modern English, and looks into
text type-specific preferences for the construction. On a more abstract
level, it combines the corpus-based description of mediopassive
constructions with cognitive linguistic models, drawing largely on notions
such as 'prototype', 'family resemblances', 'patch' and 'construction.' The
theoretical modelling is largely based on data from real texts. These come
from publicly available machine-readable corpora, text-databases and a
single-register 'corpus' (American mail-order catalogues). The study
combines the corpus-based approach with cognitive theories and is therefore
of interest to both empirical and theoretical linguists.
List of tables and figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Defining the object of study
Chapter 3: Previous studies
Chapter 4: Theoretical background
Chapter 5: The mediopassive in Present Day English
Chapter 6: The history of mediopassives
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Appendix 1: Primary material
Appendix 2: Sample pages of Sears & Roebucks catalogues
Appendix 3: Additional tables and figures