"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.
A serial verb construction (sometimes just called serial verb) is a
sequence of verbs which acts together as one. This oustanding book is the
first to study the phenomenon across languages of different typological and
genetic profiles. The authors, all experienced linguistic fieldworkers,
follow a unified typological approach and avoid formalisms. The book will
interest students, at graduate level and above, of syntax, typology,
language universals, information structure, and language contact, in
departments of linguistics and anthroplogy.