"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.
A Unified Theory of Verbal and Nominal Projections
Syntactically speaking, it has long been known that noun phrases are
parallel to clauses in many respects. While most syntactic theories
incorporate this principle, nouns have generally been regarded as inferior
to verbs in terms of their licensing abilities, and nominal projections
have been regarded as less complex than verbal projections in terms of the
number of functional categories that they contain. Ogawa, however, argues
that clauses and noun phrases are perfectly parallel. This book provides a
unified theory of clauses and noun phrases, ultimately helping to simplify
numerous thorny issues in the syntax/morphology interface.