"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.
In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and
pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its
concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between
adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and
the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal projections;
and the fine-grained semantics of different subclasses of adverbs and
adverbs. Its goals are to provide a comprehensive vision of the
linguistically significant structural and interpretive properties of
adjectives and adverbs, to highlight the similarities between these two
categories, and to signal the importance of a careful and detailed
integration of lexical and compositional semantics.
The editors open the book with an overview of current research before
introducing and contextualizing the remaining chapters. The work is aimed
at scholars and advanced students of syntax, semantics, formal pragmatics,
and discourse. It will also appeal to researchers in philosophy,
psycholinguistics, and language acquisition interested in the syntax and
semantics of adjectives and adverbs.