"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.
Lexical cohesion is about meaning in text. It concerns the ways in which
lexical items relate to each other and to other cohesive devices so that
textual continuity is created. Traditionally, lexical cohesion (along with
other types of cohesion) has been investigated in individual texts. With
the advent of corpus techniques, however, there is potential to investigate
lexical cohesion with reference to large corpora. This collection of papers
illustrates a variety of corpus approaches to lexical cohesion.
Contributions deal with lexical cohesion in relation to rhetorical
structure, lexical bundles and discourse signalling, discourse intonation,
semantic prosody, use of signalling nouns, and corpus linguistic theory.
The volume also considers implications that innovative approaches to
lexical cohesion can have for language teaching.