"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 cognitive theory of mental spaces and conceptual integration (MSCI) is
a twenty-year-old, cross-disciplinary enterprise that presently unfolds in
academic circles on many levels of reflection and research. One important
area of inquiry where MSCI can be of immediate use is in the pragmatics of
written and spoken discourse and interaction. At the same time, empirical
insights from the fields of interaction and discourse provide a necessary
fundament for the development of the cognitive theories of discourse. This
collection of seven chapters and three commentaries aims at evaluating and
developing MSCI as a theory of meaning construction in discourse and
interaction. MSCI will benefit greatly not only from empirical support but
also from clearer refinement of its methodology and philosophical
foundations. This volume presents the latest work on discourse and
interaction from a mental spaces perspective, surely to be of interest to a
broad range of researchers in discourse analysis.