"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.
What makes us talk about viewpoint and perspective in linguistic analyses and
in literary texts, as well as in landscape art? Is this shared vocabulary marking
real connections between the disparate phenomena? This volume argues that
human cognition is not only rooted in the human body, but also inherently
'viewpointed' as a result; consequently, so are language and communication.
Dancygier and Sweetser bring together researchers who do not typically meet
on common ground: analysts of narrative and literary style, linguists examining
the uses of grammatical forms in signed and spoken languages, and analysts of
gesture accompanying speech. Using models developed within cognitive
linguistics, the book uncovers surprising functional similarities across various
communicative forms, arguing for specific cognitive underpinnings of such
correlations. What emerges is a new understanding of the role and structure of
viewpoint and a groundbreaking methodology for investigating communicative
choices across various modalities and discourse contexts.