"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.
This collection of papers brings together contributions from experts in
functional linguistics and in Construction Grammar approaches, with the aim
of exploring the concept of construction from different angles and trying
to arrive at a better understanding of what a construction is, and what
roles constructions play in the frameworks which can be located within a
multidimensional functional-cognitive space. At the same time, the volume
has a historical dimension, for instance in plotting the developments which
led to recent models. The book is organised in three sections: the first
deals with particular theoretical issues, the second is devoted to the
recent Lexical Constructional Model, and the third presents a number of
analyses of specific constructions. The volume thus makes an important
contribution to the ongoing debate about the relationship between
functionalist and constructionist models.