"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.
*Contains cutting edge theoretical papers by top authors in the field
*New data from original field work brought to the public
The overarching theme of this volume is the formal expression of the range
and limits of ergativity. The book contains cutting-edge theoretical papers
by top authors in the field, who also conduct original field work and bring
new data to light. It contains articles that apply the most recent
theoretical tools to the area of ergativity, and then explore the issues
that emerge. Languages investigated in the text include Basque, Georgian,