"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 focuses on the most controversial area of phrase structure, the notion of specifier - a notion encompassing the traditional categories of subjects, possessors, determiners, auxiliaries, and adjuncts. It examines what place the notion has in the new theory and how the projection of specifiers is to be eliminated or extended. The contributors draw on empirical, theoretical research in cross-linguistic phenomena and first and second language acquisition. Contents: Introduction; Specifiers in Generative Grammar; Specifiers as Secondary Heads; Without Specifiers; Filling and Licensing Multiple Specifiers; EPP without Spec, IP; Spec-Head Agreement and Case in Arabic; The Specifier-Adjunct Distinction; The wh effect and Multiple Wh-fronting; Nominal and Verbal Projections; Dependencies and Extractions; Movement to Specifiers; Wh and the Locality of Feature Checking; Specifiers and Finiteness; Spec-Head Relationships in Child Swedish; Some Specs on Specs in L2 Acquistion.