"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.
Sinn & Bedeutung 15
Proceedings of the 2010 Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft fuer Semantik
Sinn & Bedeutung – the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Semantik –
aims to bring together both established researchers and new blood working
on current issues in natural language semantics, pragmatics, the
syntax-semantics interface, the philosophy of language or carrying out
psycholinguistic studies related to meaning.
This volume contains 41 papers presented at Sinn & Bedeutung 15, the 2010
Annual Conference of the Gesellschaft fuer Semantik, which took place from
September 9-11, 2010 at Saarland University in Saarbrucken, Germany.
The complete papers are also available online at