"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.
This book explores the interface between syntax and the other components
of the grammar, in particular phonology, morphology, and argument
structure. The author proceeds through a consideration of case studies,
such as clitics and complex predicates (auxiliary and modal verbs) in
Romance, grounding theoretical analysis in constant exemplification. She
shows that a careful analysis of their properties can lead to a better
understanding of the interaction of the various components of the grammar.
The syntactic properties of clitics are considered in relation to their
phonological and morphological characteristic. The properties of auxiliary
verbs are analysed from the perspective of the interface between argument
structure and syntactic structure. Modal verbs are examined at the
interface between syntax and phonology. The analyses of clitics and
auxiliaries throw interesting new light on the link between Romanian and
Balkan/Slavic. This is a valuable contribution to the study of grammatical
interfaces and to Romance verbal typology and comparative linguistics.
Table of Contents
2. The Framework
3. Morphology and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Clitics
4. Syntax and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Auxiliary Verbs
5. Phonology and its Interfaces: The Case of italian Restructuring Verbs