"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 alternation between the auxiliaries 'be' and 'have', which this
collection examines, is often discussed in connection with generative
analyses of split intransitivity. But this book's purpose is to place the
phenomenon in a broader context. Well-known facts in the Romance and
Germanic language families are extended with data from lesser studied
languages and dialects (Romanian, Paduan), and also with experimental and
historical data. Moreover, the book goes beyond the usual language families
in which the phenomenon has been studied, with the inclusion of two
chapters on Chinese and Korean. The theoretical background of the
contributors is also broad, ranging from current Generative approaches to
Cognitive and Optimality-Theoretical frameworks. Readers interested in the
structural, historical, developmental, or experimental aspects of auxiliary
selection should profit from this book's comprehensive empirical coverage
and from the plurality of contemporary linguistic analyses it contains.