"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.
Semantic alignment refers to a type of language that has two means of
morphosyntactically encoding the arguments of intransitive predicates,
typically treating these as an agent or as a patient of a transitive
predicate, or else by a means of a treatment that varies according to
lexical aspect. This collection of new typological and case studies is the
first book-length investigation of semantically aligned languages for three
decades. Leading international typologists explore the differences and
commonalities of languages with semantic alignment systems and compare the
structure of these languages to languages without them. They look at how
such systems arise or disappear and provide areal overviews of Eurasia, the
Americas, and the south-west Pacific, the areas where semantically aligned
languages are concentrated. This book will interest typological and
historical linguists at graduate level and above.