"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 history of psychological approaches to the study of language has included periods of little communication between the disciplines of linguistics and psychology, and periods where each field drew upon the theories and methods of the other in limited--and often limiting--ways. This book represents a new approach that may define the next era in the relationship between psychology and linguistics. It does so by presenting the evolving linguistic theories collectively known as Cognitive-Functional Linguistics in terms that are intended to be accessible to cognitive scientists interested in how language works psychologically. In contrast to the Chomskian linguistic theories with which most psychologists today are familiar, the cognitive-functional approach of these linguists focuses on the things people communicate about (communicative functions) and the social conventions by means of which they do so (linguistic symbols and structures). The chapters in this book were all written by linguists who are leading proponents of this approach and edited by a psychologist committed to bringing this new way of looking at language into the mainstream of psychology. The volume promises to give psychologists a new appreciation of what this variety of linguistics can offer their study of language and communication, as well as to provide cognitive-functional linguists new models for presenting their work to audiences outside the boundaries of traditional linguistics.