"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.
Theoretical Comparative Syntax brings together for the first time,
significant essays and articles by Naoki Fukui, exploring various topics in
the areas of syntactic theory and comparative syntax. The articles have a
special focus on the typological differences between English (-type
languages) and Japanese (-type languages) and abstract parameters that
derive them. Linguistic universals are considered in the light of
cross-linguistic variation and typological (parametric) differences are
investigated from the viewpoint of universal principles.
The unifying theme of this volume is the nature and structure of invariant
principles and parameters (variables) and how they interact to give
principled accounts to a variety of seemingly unrelated differences between
English and Japanese. These two types of languages provide an ideal testing
ground for the principles and their interactions with the parameters since
the languages exhibit diverse superficial differences in virtually every
aspect of their linguistic structures.