"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.
It is a major challenge for linguists to explore the relations between
referential choice and the discourse structure in dialogues, because,
unlike written modes of discourse, dialogue as an interactional mode of
discourse needs careful treatment for linguistic analysis. This book
investigates how discourse entities are linked with topic chaining and
discourse coherence by showing that the choice and the distribution of
referring expressions is correlated with center transition patterns in the
centering framework. It provides original empirical research into the use
of referring expressions in English and Japanese task-based dialogues, and
applies and extends theoretical frameworks which attempt to account for
local and global discourse coherence. Using a discourse-based integrated
approach to anaphora resolution, Yoshida proposes a unified account on the
patterns of use of referring expressions. The book will be of interest to
discourse analysts, computational linguists, scholars of semantics and
pragmatics, and cross-linguistics researchers.