"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.
Modality: Studies in Form and Function reflects the diversity of
theoretical frameworks and the heterogeneity of linguistic phenomena under
the general heading of modality. Researchers in the fields of logic,
philosophy and linguistics have for many years been pondering the elusive
nature of modality and grappled with ways of capturing it. The 11 studies
included here cover the span from contributions that seek to clarify
controversial theoretical constructs to studies which take an empirical
approach to linguistic categories and cross-linguistic typological issues.
The key concepts addressed are the structure of modal subcategories,
subjective vs. objective modality, force dynamics, evidentiality, Spanish
and English modal auxiliaries, modal uses of Italian tenses, linearization
patterns in German verb chains, determinant TAM categories, modal
polyfunctionality across languages and rapport management in discourse.
This volume raises new questions and offers re-examination of known
phenomena which should provide interesting reading to linguists and
students of linguistics of all theoretical persuasions.