"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.
Enriched Composition and Inference in the Argument Structure of Chinese
As with many other languages, Mandarin Chinese exhibits a rich variety of
ways in expressing the arguments of the predicator in a sentence. Unlike
other languages, such variation is typically devoid of any formal marking.
Previous attempts in explaining such phenomena usually focus on the syntax
as an explanatory tool. The main purpose of this book is to argue that many
of such argument structure phenomena are better accounted for by recourse
to enriched representations in lexical semantics. Drawing insights from
conceptual semantics, cognitive semantics, Generative Lexicon, construction
grammar and formal syntax, this book constitutes the first attempt at a
comprehensive account of lexical semantic issues in Mandarin Chinese.