"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.
John Benjamins Publishing would like to announce the publication of the following book in the field of Functional Linguistics
New Reflections on Grammaticalization
Ilse Wischer and Gabriele Diewald (eds.) University of Potsdam/University of Hamburg
The contributions in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues and raise a number of new questions that indicate the future direction of grammaticalization studies. The volume focuses on issues such as grammaticalization and lexicalization; the unidirectionality hypothesis; the issue of the relevance of contexts for grammaticalization; the description of grammaticalization paths. Much of the current work concentrates on such categories, as discourse markers, honorifics or classifiers, which have not previously been central to works on grammaticalization. Other studies take a new perspective on known grammaticalization paths by applying concepts adopted from other linguistic fields, such as prototype theory, morphocentricity, or by discussing their findings from a comparative or typological angle, presenting data from a large number of languages, often based on extensive empirical investigations of written and spoken text corpora.
Contributions by: Johan van der Auwera; Dagmar Barth-Weingarten; Philippe Bourdin; Adrienne Bruyn; Wallace Chafe; Concepcion Company; Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen; Aidan Doyle; Colette Grinevald; Gerda Hassler; Bernd Heine; Esa Itkonen; Jurgen Klausenburger; Lea Laitinen; Christian Lehmann; Carol Lord; Gunter Lorenz; Marianne Mithun; Muriel Norde; Jose Pinto De Lima; Taru Salminen; Sung-Ock Sohn; Soteria Svorou; Liang Tao; Heide Wegener.