"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 is a new edition of an already published book.
People often mean more than they say. Grammar on its own is typically
insufficient for determining the full meaning of an utterance; the
assumption that the discourse is coherent or 'makes sense' has an important
role to play in determining meaning as well. Logics of Conversation
presents a dynamic semantic framework called Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory, or SDRT, where this interaction between discourse
coherence and discourse interpretation is explored in a logically precise
manner. Combining ideas from dynamic semantics, commonsense reasoning and
speech act theory, SDRT uses its analysis of rhetorical relations to
capture intuitively compelling implicatures. It provides a computable
method for constructing these logical forms and is one of the most formally
precise and linguistically grounded accounts of discourse interpretation
currently available. The book will be of interest to researchers and
students in linguistics and in philosophy of language.