"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 Linguistics in Literary Analysis provides a theoretical introduction
to corpus stylistics and also demonstrates its application by presenting
corpus stylistic analyses of literary texts and corpora.
The first part of the book addresses theoretical issues such as the
relationship between subjectivity and objectivity in corpus linguistic
analyses, criteria for the evaluation of results from corpus linguistic
analyses and also discusses units of meaning in language.
The second part of the book takes this theory and applies it to Northanger
Abbey by Jane Austen and to two corpora consisting of 1) Austen's six
novels and 2) texts that are contemporary with Austen. The analyses
demonstrate the impact of various features of text on literary meanings and
how corpus tools can extract new critical angles.
This book will be a key read for upper level undergraduates and
postgraduates working in corpus linguistics and in stylistics on
linguistics and language studies courses.