"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.
Selected Lexical and Grammatical Issues in the Meaning - Text Theory
The Meaning Text Theory (MTT) is a lexicon-centred and dependency-based
theory for the description of language using a holistic model that
incorporates semantics, syntax, morphology and lexis. This volume,
prepared on the occasion of Igor Mel'čuk's 70th birthday, offers a cross-
section of the current advances in MTT and its applications. The first part of
the book focuses on lexical phenomena that are still largely neglected in
mainstream linguistics: sound symbolism as manifested by ideophones, and
idiosyncratic lexical relations as manifested by (LFs). In particular, LFs
are addressed from different angles (including the introduction of new
'standard' LFs, the argument structure and semantic decomposition of
lexical relations captured by LFs, automatic recognition of LF-instances in
corpora, and the use of LFs in terminology and natural language
processing). The second part of the book deals with such prominent
model-oriented issues as semantic paraphrasing in MTT, the role of phrase
structure in MTT and syntactic analysis within MTT.