"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.
Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions: Semantic Defaults and Propositional Attitude Ascription
This book is about beliefs, language, communication and cognition. It deals with the fundamental issue of the interpretation of the speaker's utterance expressing a belief and reporting on beliefs of other people in the form of oratio obliqua. The main aim of the book is to present a new account of the problem of interpreting utterances expressing beliefs and belief reports in terms of an approach called Default Semantics.
AUDIENCE: Students and researchers in linguistics (especially semantics and pragmatics), social anthropology, and philosophy of language.
CONTENTS (Chapter Headings only): Semantic Ambiguities and Semantic Underspecification. Semantic Defaults Intentionality and Propositional Attitudes The Default De Re Principle Lexicon and the Power of Referring Vehicles of Thought in Attitude Ascription Discourse Representation Theory and Propositional Attitudes Belief Reports in a Contrastive Perspective Dinouement: Double Occam's Razor
REVIEW: 'extremely interesting and original...the majority of researchers interested in this topic are explicitly aware of the fact that it crosses the boundary between (linguistics and philosophy). This book clearly crosses that boundary and seems to have a broader scope than most works in this area.' Dr Billy Clark, Middlesex University, September 1996