"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.
Recent developments in the generative tradition have created new interest
in matters of argument structure and argument projection, giving prominence
to the discussion on the role of lexical entries. Particularly, the more
traditional lexicalist view that encodes argument structure information on
lexical entries is now challenged by a syntactic view under which all
properties of argument structure are taken up by syntactic structure. In
the light of these new developments, the contributions in this volume
provide detailed empirical investigations of argument structure phenomena
in a wide range of languages. The contributions vary in their response to
the theoretical questions and address issues that range from the role of
specific functional heads and the relation of argument projection with
syntactic processes, to the position of argument structure within a broader
clausal architecture and the argument structure properties of less studied