"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 book unites speech act theory and conversation analysis to advance a
theory of conversational competence. It is predicated on the assumption
that speech act theory, if it is to be of genuine empirical and theoretical
significance, must be embedded within a general theory of conversational
competence capable of accounting for how we do things with words in
naturally occurring conversation, and it can usefully be seen as a
synthesis of traditional speech act theory, conversation analysis, and
artificial intelligence research in natural language processing. Michael L.
Geis analyses a variety of naturally occurring conversations, presenting
them within a framework of computational interest and within discourse
representation theory. In particular, he offers an explicit mapping of
semantic and pragmatic (i.e. speech-act-theoretic) meaning features and
politeness features into so-called conventionalized indirect speech act forms.