"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 explanation of coordinate structures is one of the greatest challenges
for any theory of language. A prerequisite to any successful explanation is
a careful and accurate description of coordinate structures in many
different languages. This work provides such an account for the Yaqui
language, a member of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the north of
Mexico, and is the result of several years of investigation. It explores
and describes the patterns of sentence coordination, verbal coordination,
and nominal coordination. The sentence coordination data raise fundamental
problems for theories which suggest that coordinators are heads of their
own projection. The problem arises from the several positions that a
coordinator can occupy in the coordinated structure.
The author proposes that a viable explanation is to take the coordinating
particles as having the function of licensing adjunction processes. In
other words, to coordinate is to adjoin. The proposal is extended to verbal
and nominal coordination. The nominal coordinated structures show number
agreement conflicts with the verb that again are theoretically challenging,
and a solution is proposed within the framework of Optimality Theory.