"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.
Athapaskan languages are well known for their intricate morphology, in
particular the complexity of their verbs. The significance of these
languages for linguistic theory is widely acknowledged. In this book, Keren
Rice offers a rich typological survey of morpheme ordering in Athapaskan
verbs, with implications for both synchronic grammar and language change.
She shows that verb structure is in fact widely predictable across
Athapaskan languages if appropriate syntactic factors and an overarching
principle of semantic scope are taken into account. The presentation also
includes a detailed study of argument and aspectual systems. This landmark
volume is the first major comparative study of its type for the Athapaskan
language family, combining descriptive depth with a contemporary
theoretical perspective. Clear and insightful, it will be welcomed by
Athapaskanists, typologists, historical and theoretical linguists