"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.
"Theories of Lexical Semantics" offers a comprehensive overview of the
major traditions of word meaning research in linguistics. In spite of the
growing importance of the lexicon in linguistic theory, no overview of the
main theoretical trends in lexical semantics is currently available. This
book fills that gap by charting the evolution of the discipline from the
mid nineteenth century to the present day. It presents the main ideas, the
landmark publications, and the dominant figures of five traditions:
historical-philological semantics, structuralist semantics, generativist
semantics, neostructuralist semantics, and cognitive semantics. The
theoretical and methodological relationship between the approaches is a
major point of attention throughout the text: going well beyond a mere
chronological enumeration, the book does not only describe the theoretical
currents of lexical semantics, but also the undercurrents that have shaped