"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 two-volume set is the first to provide a systemic functional
interpretation of the grammar of Japanese, describing it as a resource for
making meaning rather than as a set of formal rules. It offers a general
overview of all the major systems of Japanese grammar, with volume one
covering textual functions, and volume two examining the ideational and
interpersonal. The account of the grammar of Japanese is based on extensive
corpus material and throughout the book the account is shown at work in
Japanese discourse analysis. In addition to the general aim of presenting
an account of the grammar of Japanese as a resource for making meaning, the
set is also intended to extend our understanding of the semiotic potential
of Japanese, and of language in general, for making meanings, taking into
account both grammatical and lexical resources and linking them in a
unified description of the lexicogrammar of Japanese. This contribution
relates directly to current interest in the construction of knowledge, both
as a cognitive phenomenon and as a discursive one, and in the modelling of
language-based human intelligence.