"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 develops an approach to the causative alternation that assumes
syntactic event decomposition and a configurational theta theory. It is
couched within the framework of the Minimalist Program and, especially,
within Distributed Morphology. Central to the work is the syntax and
semantics of canonical external arguments of causative verbs as well as of
oblique causers and causative PPs in the context of anticausative verbs in
different languages such as Germanic, Romance, Balkan, and Caucasian
languages. The book also develops a new account of the origin and nature of
the morphological marking which is often found on anticausatives across
languages. The main claim is that this morphology is a reflex of a
syntactic way to prohibit the assignment of the external theta role.
Moreover, the book develops an account about the origin of the implicit
agent in generic middles which often bear the same morphology as marked