"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.
Cognitive Linguistics and Non-Indo-European Languages
This book applies the theory of Cognitive Linguistics to the analysis of a variety of grammatical phenomena in Non-Indo-European languages. In previous studies of languages from Non-Indo-European families, Cognitive Linguistics has been remarkably useful in explaining non-prototypical structures as well as more common ones. The book expands that effort into a new set of families and languages.
FROM THE CONTENTS:
Eugene H. Casad and Gary B. Palmer Introduction - Rice taboos, broad faces and complex categories
South America: uechua Rick Floyd: Completion, comas, and other 'downers': observations on the Wanka directional suffix -lpu
Central America: Uto-Aztecan
Eugene H. Casad: Speakers, context, and Cora conceptual metaphors
David H. Tuggy: Reduplication in Nahuatl: Iconicities and paradoxes
North America: Salish
David Beck Conceptual autonomy and the typology of parts of speech in Upper Necaxa Totonac and other languages
ASIA AND WESTERN PACIFIC RIM
AUSTRONESIAN / HAWAIIAN
Kennneth William Cook Hawaiian 'o as an indicator of nominal salience
Rodolfo R. Barlaan Animism exploits linguistic phenomena
Gary B. Palmer The Tagalog prefix category PAG-: Metonymy, polysemy, and voice
THAI Douglas Inglis: Conceptual structure of numeral classifiers in Thai Kingkarn Thepkanjana A cognitive account of the causative/inchaoative alternation in Thai Margaret Ukosakul Conceptual metaphors motivating the use of Thai 'face' Jordan Zlatev Holistic spatial semantics of Thai
CHINESE Ning Yu The bodily dimension of meaning in Chinese: What do we do and mean with "hands"
JAPANESE AND KOREAN Kaoru Horie What cognitive linguistics can reveal about complementation in non-IE languages Case studies from Japanese and Korean Satoshi Uehara Zibun reflexivization in Japanese: a Cognitive Grammar approach
EUROPE:FINNISH Mari Siiroinen: Subjectivity and the use of Finnish emotive verbs
COMPARISONS AND CONTRASTS Foong Ha Yap and Shoichi Iwasaki From causatives to passives: A passage in some East and Southeast Asian languages