"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.
Corpus-Based Contrastive Studies of English and Chinese
This book is concerned with cross-linguistic contrast of major grammatical
categories in English and Chinese, two most important yet genetically
different world languages. This genetic difference has resulted in many
subsidiary differences that are, among other things, related to grammar.
Compared with typologically related languages, cross-linguistic contrast of
English and Chinese is more challenging yet promising. The main theme of
this book lies in its focus on cross-linguistic contrast of aspect-related
grammatical categories, or, grammatical categories that contribute to
aspectual meaning – both situation aspect at the semantic level and
viewpoint aspect at the grammatical level – in English and Chinese.
The unique strength of this volume lies in that it is first corpus-based
book contrasting English and Chinese. Given that the state of the art in
language studies is to use corpora, the significance of the marriage
between contrastive studies and the corpus methodology in this book is not
to be underestimated.