"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.
Current Research in the Semantics/pragmatics Interface
This collection of especially invited papers aims to explore the nature of
the semantics/pragmatics interface by examining the extent to which the
analysis of certain expressions or constructions can be pragmaticised. As
the title of the collection implicates, it is anticipated that the
theoretical and descriptive burden will move from semantics to pragmatics
However not all parts of a linguistic system will yield to a pragmatic
treatment. The possibility remains that certain expressions or
constructions are more economically and elegantly treated in semantic
terms. Thus, this collection also contains papers that address the topic of
'making pragmatics semantic'. This collection contributes to the current
interest in examining the division of labour between semantics and
pragmatics in the analysis of meaning. All of the papers are at the
forefront of knowledge in these matters and each contains original
empirical analyses and/or novel theoretical perspectives. This book is
relevant to courses in university departments of linguistics, modern
languages, philosophy and psychology and to a wide range of university
teaching and research.