"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.
Possession: Cognitive Sources, Forces and Grammaticalization
Bernd Heine argues that the structure of grammatical categories is
predictable to a large extent once we know the range of possible cognitive
structures from which they are derived. The author uses as his example the
structure of predicative possession, and shows how most of the possessive
constructions to be found in the world's languages can be traced back to a
small set of basic conceptual patterns. Using grammaticalization theory
Heine describes how each affects the word order and morphosyntax of the
resulting possessive construction.