"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.
Text is highly structured, and structured at a variety of levels. But what
are the units of text, which levels are at stake, and what establishes the
structure that binds the units together? This volume, just as the
predecessor a spin off of one of the workshops on constraints in discourse,
contains the most recent, thoroughly reviewed papers by specialists in the
area that try to give answers to such questions. It helps deepening the
understanding of a multiplicity of mechanisms and constraints that are at
work during production and comprehension of well-formed discourse.
Researchers from linguistics, both formal and psycholinguistics, artificial
intelligence, and cognitive sciences will appreciate this book as a
valuable resource for information and inspiration.