"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 volume is a collection of selected papers originally presented at the
XVI Colloquium on Generative Grammar that was held at the Universidad
Autónoma de Madrid. All the papers deal with current issues within the
generative framework, mostly paying attention to phenomena pertaining to
the syntax-semantics interface. The major concerns are coreference
relations, modals and modality, and focus/ellipsis. More specifically, the
contributions present research findings from different languages, often
adopting a comparative perspective, and include studies on sub-extraction
from subjects and objects; onobviation and Control structures; on
specificity and Weak Crossover effects; and on reconstruction without
movement, as well as papers that address the scopal interactions between
tense/aspect and modals; the syntactic and semantic properties of different
types of left-periphery operators; and the role focus plays in elliptical