"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.
A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative
This volume offers the first comprehensive description of English imperatives
made from a Cognitive Linguistic perspective. It proposes a new way of
explaining the meaning and function of the imperative independently of
illocutionary act classifications, which allows for quantifying the strength of
imperative force in terms of parameters and numerical values. Furthermore, the
book applies the theory of Construction Grammar to account for the felicity of
imperatives in complex sentences. The model of description explains explicitly
a wide range of phenomena, including frequency of use, prototypical vs. non-
prototypical uses of the English imperative and the choice between longer vs.
shorter directives including the imperative. "A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of
the English Imperative: With Special Reference to Japanese Imperatives" is
intended for both researchers and students interested in the English imperative
and Directive Speech Acts at large and for the linguists working within the
Cognitive Linguistics and/or Construction Grammar approach.