"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.
Phi-features, such as person, number, and gender, present a rare
opportunity for syntacticians, morphologists and semanticists to
collaborate on a research enterprise in which they all have an equal stake
and which they all approach with data and insights from their own fields.
This volume is the first to attempt to bring together these different
strands and styles of research. It presents the core questions, major
results, and new directions of this emergent area of linguistic theory and
shows how Phi-Theory casts light on the nature of interfaces and the
structure of the grammar. The book will interest scholars and students of
all aspects of linguistic theory at graduate level and above.