"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.
Handbook of Pragmatics: Manual & Annual Supplement
The Handbook of Pragmatics aims to provide easy access for scholars with widely divergent backgrounds but with convergent interests in the use and functioning of language to the different topics, traditions and methods which together make up the field of Pragmatics, broadly conceived as "the cognitive, social and cultural study of language and communication".
The Handbook of Pragmatics will be an annually updated state-of-the-art publication. The main body of the Handbook will be produced in loose-leaf format in a handsome 3-ring binder and will be accompanied by a bound Manual, which will contain all necessary background information and user guidelines. This Manual will be the first installment of the Handbook. Within the subsequent five years, the loose-leaf Handbook will form the basis of the Handbook proper giving an overview of the sub-fields, traditions, methodologies and concepts of Pragmatics. After this phase, the Handbook will continue to be expanded, topics will be dealt with in depth and updated annually. The project is thus a unique work of reference that guarantees to be always a state-of-the-art source book for researchers.