"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 collection presents a number of studies in the lexico-grammar of
English which focus on the one hand on close reading of language in context
and on the other hand on current functional theoretical concerns. The
various contributions represent distinct functionalist models of language,
including Functional Grammar and Functional Discourse Grammar,
Systemic-Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, Cognitive Grammar
and Construction Grammar. Taken together, however, they typify current work
being conducted from the grammatical perspective within the functionalist
enterprise, emphasizing on the relation between structure and usage. A
fundamental goal of the enterprise is to identify linguistic structures
which are constrained by specific features of use, or which actually encode
specific features of use, as many of the contributions here show.