"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.
Conditionals and Prediction
Time, Knowledge and Causation in Conditional Constructions
This book offers a new and in-depth analysis of English conditional
sentences. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dancygier classifies conditional
constructions according to time-reference and modality. She shows how the
basic meaning parameters of conditionality correlate to formal parameters
of the linguistic constructions which are used to express them. Dancygier
suggests that the function of prediction is central to the definition of
conditionality, and that conditional sentences display certain formal
features which correlate to aspects of interpretation. Although the
analysis is based primarily on English, it provides a theoretical framework
that can be extended cross-linguistically to a broad range of grammatical
phenomena. It will be essential reading for scholars and students concerned
with the role of conditionals in English and many other languages.