"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 book is the first of its kind to establish Cognitive Linguistics as a
research paradigm within the field of world Englishes.
The authors survey the main tenets of both areas of linguistic enquiry and
suggest that the theoretical and methodological apparatus developed both
within Cognitive Linguistics generally and within its novel sub-discipline
Cognitive Sociolinguistics can overcome certain limitations inherent in
traditional approaches to cultural variation in language. They present a
case study of the linguistic realization of the cultural model of community
in African English as an exemplar for the investigation of cultural models
in other varieties of English. Corpus-linguistic methods are combined with
conceptual metaphor analysis and blending theory to elucidate a vast
network of conceptualizations salient to speakers of African English.
The findings, based on computer corpora and a range of additional sources,
are discussed against the background of work in anthropology, religious
studies, and political science. The book also reflects on the role of
English in intercultural communication and concludes with a comparison of
Cognitive Linguistics and pragmatic functionalism, placing the former in
the wider framework of a hermeneutic philosophy that stresses dialogic