"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.
Simon C. Dik's Theory of Functional Grammar is a systematic treatment and exposition by one of its most distinguished exponents, and compulsory reading for any student of Functional Grammar. Part 1, the first edition of which appeared in 1989, has been revised and updated and is now released together with the publication of part 2. Part 1 sets out the basic principles underlying the theory of Functional Grammar, and discusses the structure of simple (that is, non-derived, non-complex) clauses. The volume does not presuppose any antecedent knowledge of Functional Grammar, nor does it otherwise depend on any sources for a proper understanding of its contents. Part 2, presupposing the contents of part 2, contains a discussion of complex and derived construction types. This volume can thus be used for advanced study of Functional Grammar by those who already have a reasonable knowledge of the basic framework of the theory.