"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.
Linguistic, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives
This book presents a collection of papers on the issue of focus in its
broadest sense. While commonly considered as being related to phenomena
such as presupposition and anaphora, focusing is much more widely spread,
and it is this pervasiveness that the current collection addresses. The
work loosely originates from a conference held in 1994 in Schloss
Wolfsbrunnen in Germany, although only a small subpart of the proceedings
papers presented are included here. The contributed papers have been
reworked for the current volume to present a coherent study of the subject.