"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.
Language is spoken at a particular time, in a particular place, by a
particular person; and certain words, the deictic terms, can only be fully
defined by recourse to this extra-linguistic context. Consequently many
linguists considered deixis as something peripheral in the working language
and its central importance in what Quine has called the ontogenesis of
reference has only recently been recognised. In these studies Dr. Tanz
investigates children’s acquisition of the deictic distinctions involved in
the (single) personal pronouns, the spatial terms in back of and in front
of, the verbs come and go, the demonstratives and the locatives here and
there. Her experimental work leads to a number of important methodological
insights and is the basis of a broad discussion of semantic development. In
particular, she evaluates a number of current influential hypotheses,
notably those of H. Clark and E. Clark. The volume will be of interest to
psychologists and linguists and particularly to researchers in child language.