"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.
Commitment is a notion widely invoked in speech-act theory, in
studies on modality and in dialogue modelling, but it has never been the
central topic of a monograph or a collective volume in linguistics. This
volume is the very first to bring together researchers from different
linguistic traditions and request them to focus on the notion. All the
contributions presented here use commitment as a key concept in accounting
for a broad range of linguistic phenomena in various languages, from
illocutionary acts like assertions and questions to modal expressions,
through sentence-types, finite subordinate clauses, concessive markers,
tense markers, and even text-types and genres. Each contributor takes pains
to explicate his/her understanding of the term commitment, thus
making interesting comparisons possible across theoretical boundaries. Some
authors also point out potential drawbacks of the notion and argue for
replacing or supplementing it with a related concept of involvement.