"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 papers in this collection share a common interest in the empirical,
theoretical and meta-theoretical aspects of the 'internal-external'
('formal-functional') debate in linguistic theory. The primary aim of this
volume is to initiate cooperation between internationally renowned
generative and variationist linguists with a view to developing an
innovative and more cohesive approach to syntactic variation. The present
volume contains treatments incorporating the analysis of external factors
into accounts focusing on the internal linguistic conditioning of syntactic
variation and change cross-linguistically. As such, it offers novel
approaches to three key areas of current linguistic debate, viz. (1)
Methodological practices, (2) Theoretical applications and (3) Modularity.
The volume is, therefore, an important achievement for the progress of
linguistic theory more generally and it is an even more crucial milestone
in the coming-of-age of 'Socio-Syntax' as a discipline in its own right.