"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.
Frames und sprachliches Wissen [Frames and Linguistic Knowledge]
The book is concerned with frame theory, which in recent years has
experienced an immense growth in interest, not only in Germanic
Linguistics. Frames are knowledge structures in the long-term memory which
are of relevance for understanding expressions in language. Thus, for
example, the gratuity frame makes knowledge available about eating in a
restaurant. Frames can also be deployed as analytical tools. This is
demonstrated using the metaphor of "financial investors as locusts" coined
by the then-SPD Minister of Labour Franz Müntefering.