"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.
Pragmatics is a core discipline within linguistics, but is without an
introduction organised by key terms -- until now. Key Terms In Pragmatics
succeeds in tackling this problem by giving students clear, explanatory
definitions of over 300 key terms in the field.
There are short intellectual biographies of key thinkers, and a list of key
works for further reading.
This book is essential reading for students on introductory and
intermediate courses on linguistics and language and communication,
especially those studying pragmatics and logic and meaning. It is also
useful to more advanced students of pragmatics who are looking for clear
definitions and for guidance on topics outside of their specialist area.