"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.
Grammar in Use across Time and Space
Deconstructing the Japanese dative subject construction
This monograph contains the first systematic investigation of the Japanese
'dative subject' construction across time and space. It demonstrates that,
in order to capture what speakers/writers know about how to put an
utterance or a clause together, it is necessary to pay attention to what
they do in actual language use and in different discourse types. The work
also shows the importance of diachronic perspectives to help us better
understand the ways in which a particular grammatical structure is
represented synchronically. By utilizing modern Japanese conversation,
contemporary Japanese novels, and a pre-modern and modern Japanese
literature corpus, the study highlights the role of 'dative subjects' at
the semantic and discourse-pragmatic levels. Specifically, it demonstrates
that what has been considered to be a most 'grammatical' aspect of Japanese
actually turns out to be rather pragmatically oriented.