"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 revised and expanded second edition of the Practical Guide to Syntactic Analysis is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners of syntax at all levels. The new edition adds a reference guide to over 60 grammatical phenomena that every syntactician should be familiar with.
Although not a textbook, it complements any course in syntax by covering matters that textbooks and instructors do not normally explain: the seductive metaphors of generative grammar; the character of linguistic argumentation; theory-independent guidance for refining and presenting analyses; and a capsule sketch of the evolution of syntactic theory into its current directions. As a reference book, the sections are relatively independent, and may be consulted in any order.