"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 collection of essays sheds new light on the verb in English. The
authors illustrate that verbs can only be properly understood if studied
from both a theoretical and descriptive perspective. In Part One, the
authors explore topics such as the terminological problems of
classification, verb complementation, the semantics and pragmatics of verbs
and verbal combinations, and the notions of tense, aspect, voice and
modality. In Part Two, computer corpora are used to study various types of
verb complements and collocations, to trace the development in English of
certain verb forms, and to detail the usage of verbs in different varieties
and genres of English.