"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.
Lexicography in the Borderland between Knowledge and Non-Knowledge
General Lexicographical Theory with Particular Focus on Learner's Lexicography
The book contains a state-of-the-art summary of the theoretical discussions
within the field of lexicography during the last decades. On this basis it
presents and argues for a new general theory, called the function theory.
It goes on to develop this theory in one single field, i.e. learners
lexicography where it both formulates the basic elements of a general
theory for learners’ dictionaries as well as a number of specific theories
for special subfields such as selection, meaning, semantic relations,
morphology, syntactic properties and word combinations. It contains a big
number of examples extracted from existing dictionaries which are discussed
from the point of view of the theories formulated.