"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.
Introduction Sebastian Hoffmann, Bettina Fischer-Starcke and Andrea Sand 1 – 6
Like I said again and again and over and over : On the ADV1 and ADV1 construction with adverbs of direction in English Magnus Levin and Hans Lindquist 7 – 34
Phrases in literary contexts: Patterns and distributions of suspensions in Dickens’s novels Michaela Mahlberg, Catherine Smith and Simon Preston 35 – 56
On “true” portraits of Letters to Shareholders – and the importance of phraseological analysis Amanda C. Murphy 57 – 82
The development of formulaic sequences in first and second language writing: Investigating effects of frequency, association, and native norm Matthew Brook O'Donnell, Ute Römer and Nick C. Ellis 83 – 108
Lexical frames in academic prose and conversation Bethany Gray and Douglas Biber 109 – 136
50-something years of work on collocations: What is or should be next … Stefan Th. Gries 137 – 166