"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.
Contemporary linguistic theories distinguish the principal element of a
phrase - the 'head' - from the subordinate elements it dominates. This
pervasive grammatical concept has been used to describe and account for
linguistic phenomena ranging from agreement and government to word order
universals, but opinions differ widely on its precise definition. A key
question is whether the head is not already identified by some other, more
basic notion or interacting set of notions in linguistics. Heads in
Grammatical Theory is the first book devoted to the subject. Providing a
clear view of current research on heads, some of the foremost linguists in
the field tackle the problems set by the assumptions of particular
grammatical theories and offer insights which have relevance across
theories. Questions considered include whether there is a theory-neutral
definition of head, whether heads have cognitive reality, how to identify
the head of a phrase, and whether there are any universal correlations
between headedness and deletability.