"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.
Henry Smith develops a theory of syntactic case and examines its synchronic
and diachronic consequences. Within a unification-based framework, the book
draws out pervasive patterns in the relationship between morphosyntax
('linking') and grammatical function. The theory proposed consists of three
ordered constraints on the association of NPs and arguments, based on the
central notion of 'restrictiveness'. Beginning with a detailed study of
dative substitution in Icelandic, the author moves on to examine a wide
array of synchronic and diachronic data and to construct a typology of
case. Theoretically innovative and sophisticated, and descriptively
wide-ranging, this book will appeal to all those interested in the
cross-linguistic marking of case and the ways in which case systems may
change over time.