"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.
Comparison across formal languages is an essential part of formal
linguistics. The study of closely-related varieties has proven extremely
useful in comparing differences that might otherwise appear unrelated, and
has helped to identify the core principles of Universal Grammar. This
comprehensive handbook serves two functions. It will provide a general and
theoretical introduction to comparative syntax, its methodology, and its
relation to other domains of linguistic inquiry; and it will provide a
systematic selection of the best comparative work being done today on those
language groups and families where substantial progress has been achieved.
With top-notch editors and contributors from around the world, this volume
will be an essential resource for scholars and students in formal linguistics.