"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.
Cognitive Linguistics is the most rapidly expanding school in modern
Linguistics. It aims to create a scientific approach to the study of
language, incorporating the tools of philosophy, neuroscience and computer
science. Cognitive approaches to language were initially based on
philosophical thinking about the mind, but more recent work emphasizes the
importance of convergent evidence from a broad empirical and methodological
The Cognitive Linguistics Reader brings together the key writings of the
last two decades, both the classic foundational pieces and contemporary
work. The essays and articles - selected to represent the full range, scope
and diversity of the Cognitive Linguistics enterprise - are grouped by
theme into sections with each section separately introduced. The book opens
with a broad overview of Cognitive Linguistics designed for the
introductory reader and closes with detailed further reading to guide the
reader through the proliferating literature.
The Cognitive Linguistics Reader is both an ideal introduction to the full
breadth and depth of Cognitive Linguistics and a single work of reference
bringing together the most significant work in the field.