"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.
Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
Speech communication can be disturbed. However, humans can understand
utterances even if they do not recognise all the words. They just have to
recognise the words that are critical for proper interpretation.
Accentuated words are more likely to be recognised than non-accentuated
words. A speaker who wants to be understood therefore should accentuate the
interpretation-critical words when conversing. In Accentuation and
Interpretation a theory of accentuation is developed according to which
accentuation serves the mere pragmatic function of making utterances well
comprehensible. Semantic effects of accentuation are explained as
epiphenomena of pragmatic accentuation. The theory is formally elaborated
in a model-theoretic framework and experimentally justified.