"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 uses Sperber and Wilson's relevance theory to show that
connectivity in discourse is a pragmatic rather than a semantic matter: it
results from relevance relations between text and context rather than from
relations linguistically encoded in the text. In two introductory chapters,
Regina Blass argues that relevance theory offers a more explanatory account
of discourse connectivity than do alternative approaches based on notions
of cohesion, coherence and topic. In subsequent chapters, she introduces
data from the language Sissala and shows how relevance theory can play an
important role in guiding and constraining semantic and pragmatic analyses
of these data. This approach reveals unexpected results - for example the
detection of an interpretive use marker in Sissala, with implications for
the analysis of so-called 'hearsay phenomena' in other languages - and
leads to a new basis for particle typology.
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