"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.
Language and Literary Structure
The Linguistic Analysis of Form in Verse and Narrative
How does a literary text get to have literary form, and what is the
relation between literary form and linguistic form? This theoretical study
of linguistic structure in literature focuses on verse and narrative from a
linguistic perspective. Nigel Fabb provides a simple and realistic
linguistic explanation of poetic form in English from 1500-1900, drawing on
the English and American verse and oral narrative tradition, as well as
contemporary criticism. In recent years literary theory has paid relatively
little attention to form; this book argues that form is interesting. Fabb
offers a new linguistic approach to how metre and rhythm work in poetry,
based on pragmatic theory and provides a pragmatic explanation of formal
ambiguity and indeterminacy and their aesthetic effects. He also uses
linguistics to examine the experience of poetry. Language and Literary
Structure will be welcomed by students and researchers in linguistics,
literary theory and stylistics.