"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.
The Role of Data at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
To join the recent debate on data problem in linguistics, this collection
of papers provides complex dual purpose analyses at the interface of
semantics and pragmatics (including historical, lexical, formal and
experimental pragmatics). Based on several current theories and various
types of data taken from a number of languages, it discusses object
theoretical issues of referentiality, scalar implicatures, implicit
arguments, grammaticalization, co-construction and syntactic alternation in
their mutual connections to metatheoretical questions concerning the
relationship between data and theory.