"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.
One of our most valuable capacities is our ability partly to predict what
will come next in a text. But linguistic understanding of this remains very
limited, especially in genres such as the short story where there is a
staging of the clash between predictability and unpredictability. This book
proposes that a matrix of narrativity-furthering textual features is
crucial to the reader's forming of expectations about how a literary story
will continue to its close. Toolan uses corpus linguistic software and
methods, and stylistic and narratological theory, in the course of
delineating the matrix of eight parameters that he sees as crucial to
creating narrative progression and expectation. The book will be of
interest to stylisticians, narratologists, corpus linguists, and short