"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.
Methodological and theoretical issues for linguistic research
The volume argues for the use of multi-methodological strategies in linguistic
research. In its lead chapter, in addition, the thorny issue of phenomenological
pluralism is explored in detail. From a usage-based perspective, the individual
chapters demonstrate methodological pluralism in the investigation of meaning,
language acquisition, and discourse. The chapters report on studies in which the
use of corpus data is combined with other methodological tools, e.g.
experimentally elicited findings, showing how introspection and the analysis of
performance data go hand in hand to provide empirical support for researchers’
hypotheses. Some of the authors inspire the discussion in usage-based
linguistics, proposing innovative methods of analysis. Others adopt such
methods and combine them in original ways. The cutting-edge studies
presented in this volume should be of great interest to scholars and students of
cognitive and corpus linguistics who want to familiarize themselves with recent
methodological advances and their applications in the field.