"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.
Methods in Cognitive Linguistics is an introduction to empirical
methodology for language researchers. Intended as a handbook to exploring
the empirical dimension of the theoretical questions raised by Cognitive
Linguistics, the volume presents guidelines for employing methods from a
variety of intersecting disciplines, laying out different ways of gathering
empirical evidence. The book is divided into five sections. Methods and
Motivations provides the reader with the preliminary background in
scientific methodology and statistics. The sections on Corpus and Discourse
Analysis, and Sign Language and Gesture describe different ways of
investigating usage data. Behavioral Research describes methods for
exploring mental representation, simulation semantics, child language
development, and the relationships between space and language, and eye
movements and cognition. Lastly, Neural Approaches introduces the reader to
ERP research and to the computational modeling of language.