"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.
Functional Discourse in Grammar
A Typologically-Based Theory of Language Structure
This book is the first comprehensive presentation of Functional Discourse
Grammar, a new and important theory of language structure. The authors set
out its nature and origins and show how it relates to contemporary
linguistic theory. They demonstrate and test its explanatory power and
descriptive utility against linguistic facts from over 150 languages across
a wide range of linguistic families.
After a full introduction the book is divided into chapters concerned with
the four levels of grammatical representation - pragmatic, semantic,
morphosyntactic, and phonological - each of which has its own hierarchical
structure. "Functional Discourse Grammar" offers a thorough account of how
the use and meaning of language influence linguistic form by conditioning
two levels of formulation which feed into two levels of encoding, all with
their own specific characteristics. The book offers an ideal introduction
to the theory and its applications in typology and description for scholars
in linguistics and related fields from graduate students upwards.