"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 ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap
left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the
student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of
lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings
and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of
the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their
relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical
meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the
types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract
concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes
linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using
the concepts. ‘Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research
a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word.