"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.
In this rich reference work, Beth Levin classifies over 3,000 English verbs
according to shared meaning and behavior. Levin starts with the hypothesis
that a verb's meaning influences its syntactic behavior and develops it
into a powerful tool for studying the English verb lexicon. She shows how
identifying verbs with similar syntactic behavior provides an effective
means of distinguishing semantically coherent verb classes, and isolates
these classes by examining verb behavior with respect to a wide range of
syntactic alternations that reflect verb meaning.
The first part of the book sets out alternate ways in which verbs can
express their arguments. The second presents classes of verbs that share a
kernel of meaning and explores in detail the behavior of each class,
drawing on the alternations in the first part. Levin's discussion of each
class and alternation includes lists of relevant verbs, illustrative
examples, comments on noteworthy properties, and bibliographic references.
The result is an original, systematic picture of the organization of the