"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.
"Lexical Meaning in Dialogic Language Use" addresses a number of
central issues in the field of lexical semantics. Starting off from an
action-theoretical view of communication meaning is defined as something
that speakers do in dialogic language use. Meaning as ‘meaning-in-use’
opens up a new perspective on a number of aspects: how can we define the
lexical unit? What about the make-up of the meaning side? Does polysemy
really exist? And is encyclopaedic information to be fully integrated into
the lexicon?These questions are examined along the analyses of authentic
lexical material from corpora. At the end exemplary lexical entries
represent both the expression and meaning side of the analyzed material,
providing incentive not only for theory but also for practical applications
like foreign language teaching, lexicography, translational studies, and so
This book will appeal to anyone interested in language use and meaning and