"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.
Cross-linguistic and cross-disciplinary perspectives
Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 15
Research on quotation has yielded a rich and diverse knowledge-base.
Scientific interest has been sparked particularly by the recent emergence
of new quotative forms in typologically related and unrelated languages
(i.e. English "be like", Hebrew "kazé", Japanese "mitai-na"). The present
collection gives a platform to research conducted within different
linguistic sub-disciplines and on the basis of a variety of Western and
non-Western languages. The introduction presents an overview of forms and
functions of old and new quotative constructions. The nine chapters
investigate quotation from different perspectives, from conversation
analysis over grammaticalization and language variation and change to
typological and formal approaches. The collection advocates a comprehensive
approach to the phenomenon ‘quotation’, seeking a more nuanced
knowledge-base as regards the linguistic properties, social uses and
pragmatic functions than monolingual or single disciplinary approaches
deliver. The cross disciplinary nature and the wealth of data make the
findings broadly available and relevant.