"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 Raising of Predicates: Predicative Noun Phrases and the Theory of Clause Structure
One of the basic premises of the theory of syntax is that clause structures
can be minimally identified as containing a verb phrase, playing the role
of predicate, and a noun phrase, playing the role of subject. In this study
Andrea Moro identifies a new category of copular sentences, namely inverse
copular sentences, where the predicative noun phrase occupies the position
that is canonically reserved for subjects. In the process, he sheds new
light on such classical issues as the distribution and nature of
expletives, locality theory and cliticization phenomena.