"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.
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This book examines the contribution of various recent developments in
linguistics to contrastive analysis. The articles range across a broad
gamut of languages, with most attention going to the languages of Europe.
They show how advances in theory and computer technology are together
impacting the field of contrastive linguistics. Part I focuses, from a
broadly functional-cognitive viewpoint, on the close link with typology,
stressing the importance of embedding the treatment of grammatical
categories in their contexts of use. Part II turns to methodological
issues, exploring the enormous potential offered by parallel,
computer-accessible corpora to contrastive linguistics and to enhancing the
testability, authenticity and empirical adequacy of cross-linguistic
studies. Part III is concerned with contrastive semantics, ranging from
individual items to entire grammatical constructions, and shows how
meanings are coupled to language-specific cognitive strategies and even to
cultural differences in subjective awareness and the fashioning of personal