"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.
Topic and Focus
Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Meaning and Intonation
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
*Includes a diverse set of perspectives from some of the leading scholars
in the areas of semantics and intonation
*This book is unique in the breadth of its coverage of the topic and focus
*Material is presented in nine languages
This book contains a collection of papers exploring the cross-linguistic
expression of topic and focus. A diverse set of perspectives from some of
the leading scholars in the areas of semantics and intonation are
represented in the collection, which is based on papers presented at the
Topic and Focus Workshop at the 2001 LSA Summer Institute in Santa Barbara.
This book is unique in the breadth of its typological coverage of topic and
focus phenomena. Material is presented from nine languages, including
several that are severely under-documented from a theoretical perspective.
The expression of topic and focus are integral aspects of linguistic
communication that introduce the content of discourse and emphasize its
most crucial elements. Topic and focus phenomena are complex and involve
both a meaning and a prosodic component. This book is the first collection
of papers devoted to the rigorous examination of both semantic and
intonational features of topic and focus from a broad typological perspective