"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.
Language is recognized as an instrument of communication and thought. Under
the shadow of prevailing investigation of language as a communicative means,
its function as a tool for thinking has long been neglected in empirical
vis-à-vis philosophical discussions. Language manifests itself differently
there is no interlocutor to communicate and interact. How is it similar and
does it differ in these two situations--communication and thought?
in Japanese and English analyzes experimentally-obtained soliloquy data in
Japanese and in English and explores the potential utility of such data for
delving into this uncharted territory. It deals with five topics in which
from discourse of an addressee is particularly relevant and significant.
derived from Japanese: the sentence-final particles ne and yo,
deixis and anaphora, gendered speech, linguistic politeness; the fifth
topic is the
use of the second person pronoun you in soliloquy in English.