"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.
Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
Assertion - the act of presenting what we say as true - is at the centre of human
social life. Yet what might seem a relatively simple phenomenon has proved
difficult to define or characterise successfully. Is assertion just another speech
act, on a par with promising, ordering and the like, or is it more fundamental?
How is assertion related to belief? Does the declarative mood have a special
role to play in the correct analysis of assertion or can assertion be characterised
independently of linguistic form? What is the relationship between what a
speaker asserts and her main point? All these questions are addressed in this
book as the author develops a novel account of the pragmatic processes
involved in assertion and the role of the declarative mood in those processes. In
doing so, he synthesises a range of perspectives on assertion, drawing on the
work of philosophers, linguists and cognitive scientists.