"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.
This book applies a set of corpus investigation techniques to the study of
evaluation, or stance, or affect, in naturally-occurring discourse.
Evaluative language indicates opinions, attitudes, and judgments. It is an
important part of activities such as persuading someone that a particular
viewpoint is correct, or in constructing knowledge from a different number
of theories. This book argues that phraseology--regularities or patterns in
language identifiable from corpus studies--is important to the study of
evaluative language. It makes a number of more specific arguments: that
modal meaning is expressed through particular phrases and not only through
modal verbs; that figurative phrases are used to intensify evaluation; and
that patterns of use may be exploited to achieve an automatic
identification of evaluations. It also builds on the author’s previous work
in exploring how films and journalism use language and images to build
knowledge from ideas.