"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.
The present volume is the product of five years of collaborative research carried out by the members of the Constituent Order group of the European Science Foundation Programme in Language Typology (EUROTYP). Thanks to the diversity of theoretical backgrounds of the members of the group, the volume is unique in offering not only a rich array of language data, but also a variety of perspectives on the issue of constituent order variation and of the role and nature of language typology. Part one of the volume fills an evident gap in the linguistic literature by presenting descriptive word order surveys of eight groups of European languages (Celtic, Romance, Germanic, Slavic, Modern Greek, Uralic, Kartvelian, and Daghestanian) which should provide a convenient point of departure for any subsequent word order investigations of the languages of Europe. The papers comprising part two of the volume feature analyses of the word order properties of the languages of Europe from the point of view of the well known Greenbergian word order variables, the principles and parameters of Chomskyan generative grammar and processing ease. The volume concludes with an appendix listing the values of twelve word order variables in all the languages of Europe.