"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 Derivation of VO and OV takes a new look at the relationship between
head-final or OV structures and head-initial or VO ones, in light of recent
work by Richard Kayne and others. The various papers in the volume take
different positions with respect to whether one type of structure is
derived from the other, and if so, which of the two orders is primary.
Different options explored include derivation of VO order by head movement
from a basic OV structure, derivation of VO by fronting of a phrasal VP
remnant containing only the verb, derivation of OV by fronting of a remnant
VP which the verb has vacated, and others. Each paper is thoroughly rooted
in empirical observations about specific constructions drawn either from
the Germanic languages or from others including Finnish, Hungarian,
Japanese, and Malagasy.