"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 relationship between changes in (inflectional) morphology and the
consequences of these changes in syntax has been a perennial issue in
historical linguistics. The contributors to this volume address the issue
of how to model the phenomena of syntactic and morphological change within
recent frameworks, including the Minimalist Programme. Topics addressed
include the way categories like aspect and mood interact over time with the
valency of verbs; the nature of changes in verb placement; the changing
division of labor between different types of argument marking--case, word
order, clitics, agreement. The volume contains chapters by many of the
leading scholars in the field. There is a substantial introduction which
reviews the development of ideas in generative historical syntax over the
last fifteen years, and assesses the distinctive properties of the
generative position. The volume will appeal to those working in theoretical
syntax, and also to specialists in the history of German, French and the
Romance and Germanic languages more broadly.