"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.
When using language, many aspects of our messages are left implicit in what
we say. While grammar is responsible for what we express explicitly,
pragmatics explains how we infer additional meanings. The problem is that
it is not always a trivial matter to decide which of the meanings conveyed
is explicit (grammatical) and which implicit (pragmatic). Pragmatics and
Grammar lays out a methodology for students and scholars to distinguish
between the two. It explains how and why grammar and pragmatics combine
together in natural discourse, and how pragmatic uses become grammatical in