"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.
by Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Norbert Corver
foreword by Noam Chomsky
Wh-movement--the phenomenon by which interrogative words appear at the
beginning of interrogative sentences--is one of the central displacement
operations of human language. Noam Chomsky’s 1977 article "On Wh-movement,"
a landmark in the study of wh-movement (and movement in general), showed
that this computational operation is the basis of a variety of syntactic
constructions that had previously been described in terms of
construction-specific rules. Taking Chomsky’s article as a starting point,
the contributors to this collection reconsider a number of the issues
raised in "On Wh-movement" from the perspective of contemporary Minimalist
syntactic theory (which explores the thesis that human language is a system
optimally designed to meet certain interface conditions imposed by other
cognitive systems with which the language faculty interacts).
They discuss such wh-movement issues as wh-phrases and pied-piping, the
formation of A-bar chains and the copy theory of movement, cyclicity and
locality of wh-movement, and the typology of wh-constructions. By
reconsidering core characteristics of the wh-movement operation first
systematically discussed by Chomsky from the Minimalist perspective, this
volume contributes to the further development of the theory of wh-movement
and to the general theory of movement.