"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.
In this book, Nomi Erteschik-Shir develops a new theory of focus structure,
integrating insights from syntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics. She
explores the role of focus structure in grammar, examining the interface
between focus structure and syntax, the semantics of focus structure and
associated with it. Dr Shir defines a grammatical level of f-structure
(focus structure) which is an annotated s-structure in which topic and
focus constituents are marked. F-structure feeds both PF (Phonological
Form) and semantics and is sensitive to lexical information. Dr Shir argues
that f-structure and not LF (Logical Form) is the input to a semantic rule
of predication. One of the major results of Dr Shir's analysis is that
wh-movement turns out to be subject to the same constraint which accounts
for anaphora and other subject-object asymmetries.