"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 volume showcases studies that recognize and provide evidence for the
inseparability of lexis and grammar. The contributors explore in what ways
these two areas, often treated separately in linguistic theory and
description, form an organic whole. The papers in Section I (Setting the
Scene) introduce some of the key methodological approaches and
theoretical positions at the lexis-grammar interface, while Section II
(Considering the Particulars) contains papers that report on case studies
and show concrete applications of the central methods and theories.
Exploring the Lexis-Grammar Interface isa stimulating
collection of papers for anyone who wishes to learn more about and get
fresh state-of-the-art perspectives on language patterning.