"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 collection is an important contribution to the semantic and syntactic
analysis of the expression of existence. The volume focuses on the three
main linguistic constructions expressing existence: copular clauses,
existential sentences, and (in)definiteness. The papers analyze the
interaction between the basic notion of existence and pervasive phenomena
of natural language, such as quantification and presupposition. The
contributions represent state of the art research on theoretical and
comparative issues related to the expression of existence, and make
extensive reference to the semantic and syntactic facts of English and of
various other languages. The richness of new data and the juxtaposition of
different theoretical stances bring a number of new questions into focus.