"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 of papers celebrates the work of Jeanette K. Gundel, who
has contributed to the field of the grammar-pragmatics interface through
her publications on the syntactic realization of topic and comment and the
cognitive status of referring expressions, as well as by inspiring
colleagues to make contributions to the overall field of pragmatics. This
volume collects together papers from colleagues and former students on
pragmatics and syntax, pragmatics and reference, and pragmatics and social
variables. The volume includes papers devoted to explicating the
grammar-pragmatics interface, with the focus of the papers ranging from
Gricean and post-Gricean pragmatics, construction grammar, and genre theory
to formal semantics, as well as papers devoted to expanding on Gundel's own
original approach to factors such as the cognitive status decisions
underlying speakers' choice of referring expression and the topic and focus
decisions underlying speakers' choice of syntactic construction.