"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
Although the notion of procedural meaning is found in areas such as
discourse markers, reference, tense, modality and intonation, until now
there has been no single volume entirely devoted to it. Over 25 years,
since the initial proposal by Blakemore, a number of refinements have been
suggested, yet some criticisms have also been raised. The role and status
of the conceptual / procedural distinction within a theory of human
communication and the nature of procedural encoding were in need of
reassessment in the light of current research in linguistic theory,
cognitive science, experimental pragmatics and language acquisition. The
papers collected here serve this general purpose from different
standpoints. Some of them consider the topic from the angle of its
theoretical foundations and put forth original proposals aimed at
clarifying the most controversial issues. Others take a more data-driven
orientation and offer novel analyses illustrating how encoded instructions
work and how much can be gained from approaching certain linguistic
phenomena in procedural terms. The contributions in this volume represent
an inflection point in the delimitation and understanding of the notion of
procedural meaning and open new paths for future research.