"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 book contains 15 revised papers originally presented at a symposium at
Rosendal, Norway, under the aegis of The Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at
the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The overall theme of the
volume is ‘internal factors in grammatical change.’ The papers focus on
fundamental questions in theoretically-based historical linguistics from a
broad perspective. Several of the papers relate to grammaticalization in
different ways, but are generally critical of ‘Grammaticalization Theory’.
Further papers focus on the causes of syntactic change, pinpointing both
extra-syntactic (exogenous) causes and – more controversially – internally
driven (endogenous) causes. The volume is rounded up by contributions on
morphological change ‘by itself.’ A wide range of languages is covered,
including Tsova-Tush (Nakh-Dagestan), Zoque, and Athapaskan languages, in
addition to Indo-European languages, both the more familiar ones and some
less well-studied varieties.