"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.
Exploring Newspaper Language
Using the web to create and investigate a large corpus of modern Norwegian
This book describes new methodological and technological approaches to
corpus building and presents recent research based on the Norwegian
Newspaper Corpus. This is a large monitor corpus of contemporary Norwegian
language, compiled through daily harvesting of web newspapers. The book
gives an overview of the corpus and its system architecture, and presents tools
used for tasks such as text harvesting, annotation, topic classification and
extraction and frequency profiling of new words and phrases. Among the
innovative technologies is Corpuscle, a corpus query engine and management
system which is flexible enough to handle very large corpora in an efficient way.
The individual research contributions based on the corpus explore different
aspects of Norwegian, including the occurrence of anglicisms, neologisms and
terminology, and the use of metonymy and metaphor in newspaper language.
The book also describes an innovative method of applying correspondence
analysis and implicational analysis to investigate interdependencies between