"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.
Predicates and their Subjects is an in-depth study of the syntax-semantics
interface focusing on the structure of the subject-predicate relation.
Starting from where the author's 1983 dissertation left off, the book
argues that there is syntactic constraint that clauses (small and tensed)
are constructed out of a one-place unsaturated expression, the predicate,
which must be applied to a syntactic argument, its subject. The author
shows that this predication relation cannot be reduced to a thematic
relation or a projection of argument structure, but must be a purely
syntactic constraint. Chapters in the book show how the syntactic
predication relation is semantically interpreted, and how the predication
relation explains constraints on DP-raising and on the distribution of
pleonastics in English. The second half of the book extends the theory of
predication to cover copular constructions; it includes an account of the
structure of small clauses in Hebrew, of the use of 'be' in predicative and
identity sentences in English, and concludes with a study of the meaning of
the verb 'be'.