"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.
This is the most comprehensive survey ever published of auxiliary verb
constructions, as in 'he could have been going to drink it' and 'she does
eat cheese'. Drawing on a database of over 800 languages Dr Anderson
examines their morphosyntactic forms and semantic roles. He investigates
and explains the historical changes leading to the cross-linguistic
diversity of inflectional patterns, and he presents his results within a
new typological framework.
The book's impressive range includes data on variation within and across
languages and language families. In addition to examining languages in
Africa, Europe, and Asia the author presents analyses of languages in
Australasia and the Pacific and in North, South, and Meso-America. In doing
so he reveals much that is new about the language families of the world and
makes an important contribution to the understanding of their nature and
evolution. His book will interest scholars and researchers in language
typology, historical and comparative linguistics, syntax, and morphology.