"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.
"Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics" is a collection of interviews with
fourteen well-known researchers in the field of linguistics. Each interview
consists of a set of ten questions: the first seven are common to all contributors
while the last three are connected to the research experience of each guest. In
the general questions, the invited scholars explore (sometimes controversial)
topics such as the concept of representativeness, the role of intuition and the
status of Corpus Linguistics. In the specific questions, they provide a thorough
discussion of materials and methods in corpus research as well as theoretical
and applied perspectives on the use of corpora in language studies. Whether
experts or novices, the volume should be of interest to all those who want to
learn about corpus linguistics and carry out research in this fascinating and