"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 Syntax of Pseudo-Coordination in English and Afrikaans
The dissertation provides a systematic description of English and Afrikaans
verbal pseudo-coordination and a formal analysis couched in the Minimalist
program. It has implications for the way narrow syntax conjoins categories
and features and argues for a role for syntactic operations below the level
of the head. The dissertation also has consequences for the nature of
headmovement, excorporation and its triggers.
Verbal pseudo-coordination typically involves an aspectual verb coordinated
with a lexical verb. This dissertation argues that verbal
pseudo-coordination is not a unitary phenomenon and can involve
coordination of verbal heads rather than phrasal categories. The analysis
allows a treatment of pseudocoordination as ordinary coordination rather
than as subordination.
The typology of verbal pseudo-coordination is extended with a discussion of
reduplicative coordination and Afrikaaans pseudo-coordination with verbs of
posture. It is shown that coordination can target features at or below the
level of the head and that this allows strong conceptions of the Coordinate
Structure Constraint and the Law of Coordination of Likes to be maintained.