"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.
Talking about Motion
A crosslinguistic investigation of lexicalization patterns
This is a corpus-based study of lexicalization of motion events in
Serbo-Croatian and English, with contrasting examples from Spanish, French,
Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Albanian. Talmy’s typology (1985) provides
the backdrop for the analysis and the focus is on intratypological
differences that affect habitual presence or absence of information in
motion expressions crosslinguistically as well as "pattern clashing" in
translation. This fresh look at issues regarding linguistic typology,
lexical and construction meaning and spatio-temporal construals in language
and experience results in a more finely grained classification of
verbalized motion events. The study offers an eclectic overview of
different theoretical approaches and insists on theoretically unbiased set
of tools and principles that can be used in studies of any cognitive domain
in any language. It provides an in-depth discussion of current issues in
cognitive linguistics in particular and suggests systematic implementation
of the research findings in applied and interdisciplinary studies of language.