"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.
This book presents one of the first attempts at developing a precise,
grammatically rooted, theory of conversation motivated by data from real
conversations. The theory has descriptive reach from the micro-conversational -
e.g. self-repair at the word level - to macro-level phenomena such as multi-party
conversation and the characterization of distinct conversational genres. It draws
on extensive corpus studies of the British National Corpus, on evidence from
language acquisition, and on computer simulations of language evolution. The
theory provides accounts of the opening, middle game, and closing stages of
conversation. It also offers a new perspective on traditional semantic concerns
such as quantification and anaphora. The Interactive Stance challenges
orthodox views of grammar by arguing that, unless we wish to exclude from
analysis a large body of frequently occurring words and constructions, the right
way to construe grammar is as a system that characterizes types of talk in