"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.
The formal sciences, particularly mathematics, have had a profound
influence on the development of linguistics. This insightful overview looks
at techniques that were introduced in the fields of mathematics, logic and
philosophy during the twentieth century, and explores their effect on the
work of various linguists. In particular, it discusses the 'foundations
crisis' that destabilised mathematics at the start of the twentieth
century, the numerous related movements which sought to respond to this
crisis, and how they influenced the development of syntactic theory in the
1950s. The book concludes by discussing the resulting major consequences
for current syntactic theory, and provides a groundbreaking and detailed
reassessment of Chomsky's early work at the advent of Generative Grammar.
Informative and revealing, this book will be invaluable to all those
working in formal linguistics, in particular those interested in its
history and development.