"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.
The integrated theory of dynamic interpretation set out here will be a surprise to
advanced researchers in linguistics. It combines classical formal semantics and
modern dynamic semantics without altering the fundamental paradigm. At the
book’s core lies a pragmatically motivated notion of a dynamic conjunction of
meanings, an idea that is worked out in full formal detail. This is applied to
linguistic phenomena that involve anaphora, quantification and modality. The
author demonstrates that in each area of application existing data can be neatly
combined with new dynamic insights, but more importantly, there is a genuine
further pay-off: the work generates treatments of phenomena that were not
initially intended, with functional readings of pronouns and quantifiers, ‘Hob-Nob’
sentences, and insights into what we now call ‘Pierce’s Puzzle’.
The outcome of a decade of work by the Amsterdam School of dynamic
semantics, this volume condenses and reflects upon a vital body of research.