"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 study sheds light on the complex relationship between cognitive and
linguistic categories. Challenging the view of cases as categories in
cognitive space, Professor Schlesinger proposes an understanding of the
concept of case. Drawing on evidence from psycholinguistic research and
English language data, he argues that case categories are in fact composed
of more primitive cognitive notions: features and dimensions. These are
registered in the lexical entries of individual verbs, thereby allowing
certain metaphorical extensions. This approach to case permits better
descriptions of certain syntactic phenomena, as Schlesinger illustrates
through the analysis of the feature compositions of three cases.