"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.
This volume brings together a collection of 18 papers dealing with the problem of word order variation in discourse. Word order variation has often been treated as an essentially unpredictable phenomenon, a matter of selecting randomly one set of possible orders generated by the grammar. However, as the papers in this collection show, word order variation is not random, but rather is governed by principles which can be subjected to scientific investigation and are common to all languages. The papers in this volume discuss word order variation in a diverse collection of languages and from a number of perspectives, including experimental and quantitative, text-based studies. A number of papers address the problem of deciding which order is 'basic' among the alternatives.
Contributions by: Ron Cowan; Susanna Cumming; Michael Darnell; Pamela Downing; Matthew Dryer; Bruce Harold; Susan Herring & John Paolillo; Alan Hyun-Oak Kim; Kyu-Hyun Kim; Randy LaPolla; Robert Longacre; Silvia Luraghi; Marianne Mithun; Francisco Ocampo; Doris Payne; Ronald Schaefer; Russell Tomlin; Maura Velasquez-Casfillo.