"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.
Inflectional Morphology: A Theory of Paradigm Structure
A new contribution to linguistic theory, this book presents a formal
framework for the analysis of word structure in human language. It sets
forth the network of hypotheses constituting Paradigm Function Morphology,
a theory of inflectional form whose central insight is that paradigms play
an essential role in the definition of a language's system of word structure.
The theory comprises several unprecedented claims, chief among which is the
claim that a language's realization rules serve as clauses in the
definition of a paradigm function, an overarching construct which is
indispensable for capturing certain kinds of generalizations about
inflectional form. This book differs from other recent works on the same
subject in that it treats inflectional morphology as an autonomous system
of principles rather than as a subsystem of syntax or phonology and it
draws upon evidence from a diverse range of languages in motivating the
proposed conception of word structure.