"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 first book to cover the grammar of clitics from all points of
view, including their phonology and syntax and relation to morphology. In
the process, it deals with the relation of second position clitics to
verb-second phenomena in Germanic and other languages, the grammar of
contracted auxiliary verbs in English, noun incorporation constructions,
and several other much discussed topics in grammar. Stephen Anderson
includes analyses of a number of particular languages, and some of these -
such as Kwakw'ala ("Kwakiutl") and Surmiran Rumantsch - are based on his
own field research. The study of clitics has broad implications for a
general understanding of sentence structure in natural language. Stephen
Anderson's clearly-written, wide-ranging, and original account will be of
wide interest to scholars and advanced students of phonology, morphology,