PREFACEThis essay was composed for the English D-course, which I attended in 1997. I wish to thank the teachers of the course for their inspiration in its composition. Especially, I would like to direct my gratitude to Gunnar Persson, my supervisor, for his patient assistance and clever advice - without which this essay would have never seen the light of day. Further, I would like to thank Peter Svanberg for his assistance and Catherine Norberg and Meirion Hughes for their relevant comments. In the sci.lang newsgroup on the Internet I met Larry Selinker, linguistics professor at the University of London, and Jim Tyson, who both assisted me along the way. Thank you! Participating in the sci.lang newsgroup on the Internet has given me knowledge and insight into the latest findings of linguistics in computer networks - thank you all who contribute to that newsgroup. Last, but not least, I render most of my thanks to my children for coping with my absent-mindedness during the time of my study.
Luleå, February 1998