"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.
This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within
the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects
induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the
main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed
are investigated from a broader comparative perspective. Unlike previous
works on Japanese generative syntax, this book is based partially on
informant surveys, including the distribution of adverbials and the
categorical status of nominative-Case-marked adverbials, as well as an
exhaustive survey of ditransitive predicates in terms of word formation and
idioms in Koujien, one of the most comprehensive Japanese
dictionaries. A systematic syntactic study of the nature of clause-final
particles in Japanese, an area previously only explored in the framework of
discourse analysis, is also presented. It is shown that the EPP may be
satisfied by such discourse-related elements as topic and focus and by
these sentence final particles.