"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 apparent flexibility of words in Classical Chinese with respect to traditional
word classes has always posed a problem in the description of this language
and has caused much misunderstanding. Moreover, it has been long
understudied, along with the closely related theory of Classical Chinese word
classes. This work seeks to summarize previous research on this issue, re-
orientate the discourse and construe a new interpretative paradigm that would
lead to a more complex and realistic view. It is principally based on a multi-
disciplinary approach and supported by the theoretical framework of cognitive
linguistics. The study deals with the very conception of word classes, but its
focus lies in the analysis of verbal and adverbial functions of nouns.