"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.
English causative constructions with cause, get, have
and make are often mistakenly presented as (quasi-)synonymous
and more or less interchangeable. This book demonstrates the value of
corpus linguistics in identifying the syntactic, semantic, lexical and
stylistic features that are distinctive for each of these constructions. It
also underlines the usefulness of providing corpus studies with a solid
theoretical foundation by showing how corpus linguistics can be fruitfully
combined with cognitive linguistics, which is used both as a starting point
for the analysis (top-down approach) and as a framework within which to
interpret the corpus results (bottom-up approach). From a methodological
point of view, the study illustrates the complementarity of corpus and
elicitation data, and offers tools and methods that could be used to
investigate other syntactic structures. Finally, the book also has a
pedagogical dimension in that it examines how the research findings can be
applied to foreign language teaching.