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"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



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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.


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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.


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Title: Information Structure
Subtitle: Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives
Edited By: Malte Zimmermann
Caroline Féry
Description:

In this book leading scholars provide state-of-the-art overviews of
approaches to the formal expression of information structure in natural
language and its interaction with general principles of human cognition and
communication. They present critical accounts of current understanding of
how aspects of grammar, such as prosody, syntax, morphology, semantics, and
pragmatics, interact in the packing and unpacking of information in
communication. They also look at the psycholinguistics behind the
production and perception of information-structural categories. The book
reflects the advances in recent research on all central aspects of the
subject, including concepts of focus versus background, topic versus
comment, and given versus new, and the kinds of inferences required to make
sense of different combinations of words, syntax, intonation, and context.
The chapters include typological and diachronic perspectives on information
structure. Taken as a whole the book demonstrates the productive value of
combining theoretical and experimental approaches.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199570957
ISBN-13: 9780199570959
Pages: 432
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