"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.
Syncretism - where a single form serves two or more morphosyntactic
functions - is a persistent problem at the syntax-morphology interface. It
results from a 'mismatch', whereby the syntax of a language makes a
particular distinction, but the morphology does not. This pioneering book
provides the first full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting
a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. The
implications of syncretism for the syntax-morphology interface have long
been recognised: it argues either for an enriched model of feature
structure (thereby preserving a direct link between function and form), or
for the independence of morphological structure from syntactic structure.
The Syntax-Morphology Interface argues for the autonomy of morphology, and
the resulting analysis is illustrated in a series of formal case studies
within network morphology. It will be welcomed by all linguists interested
in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.