"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.
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The book offers contributions to a number of topics in semantics, while at
the same time providing an engaging discussion of key foundational issues
and of what Property Theory can contribute to them. The book starts from a
version of Property Theory which stems out of a combination of the lambda
calculus with Aczel’s Frege structures (a combination originally developed
by Raymond Turner). Fox improves on it and substantially extends it with
original applications to plurals and mass nouns, to ‘intensional
individuals’ and to the dynamics of discourse. Some useful appendixes on
further extensions and alternatives are added. While being formally highly
sophisticated, it manages to give a sense of the elegance and flexibility
of the underlying theory. This volume should be of interest to researchers
engaged in the cognitive science arena.