"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.
The study of meaning in language has developed dramatically over the last
fifty years. Semantics is distinctive as it not only presents a general
introduction to the topic, including the most recent developments, but it
also provides a unique perspective for addressing current issues. It opens
by introducing readers to the study of logic (natural deduction) as the
background against which developments have taken place. This demonstrates
the link between semantics and the study of reasoning and how this view can
provide new solutions to the puzzles that have plagued the approaches
presented in other textbooks. The major subject areas of semantics are
discussed, including quantification, anaphora and discourse, tense and
aspect, ellipsis and context, and word meaning. The book also presents
state-of-the-art research in topics at the forefront of semantics.