"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.
Theoretical Linguistics and Grammatical Description
This volume presents a collection of 23 papers by renowned linguists on current research in the field of theoretical linguistics. The book focusses on linguistic theory and metatheory, and on fundamental concepts and assumptions of modern linguistics. The following articles are included in the volume: A Formal Approach to a General Theory of Language; Understanding Understanding; Non-reducible Grammatical Relations without Semantic Content; Are Linguistic Objects Internal, External, or Both?; Some Thoughts on Being Minimal; Case Morphology and Case System in L1 Acquisition; Explorations in 'Idiolects'; Phonological Word Structures; Idiolect and Convention: Incompatible Concepts?; Communion or Communication?; Topic-Focus Articulation - A Matter of Langue or Parole?; Phraseologie und Metonymik; Language Universals and Evolutionary Bottlenecks; speech Intentions, Speech Planning, and the Use of Syntactic Constructions; English Verbal Idioms of Aural Perception; Semantics and Grammar: A Relationship of Mutual Foundations?; The Problem of 'Adjectives' in Mandarin Chinese; Beyond New Structuralism; Wann hat eine Sprache begonnen?; Zur universalen Dimension der Identifikation; Series of Explicata for the Notion of Meaning; Iconicity and Syncretism; Remarks on Language Theory in the "Decade of the Brain".