"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 monograph presents a morpho-syntactic investigation on modality,
aspect, and negation by concentrating on Persian, and is designed to
contribute to theoretical linguistics and the study of Iranian languages.
The analysis is based on the Minimalist program. This research challenges
the idea that the syntactic structure maps on the semantic interpretation
or vice versa. The discussion presented in this monograph shows that the
syntactic structure of Persian modals is uniform no matter if the modals
are interpreted as having root or epistemic readings. Although it is
claimed that modals are raising constructions in different languages,
modals in Persian, which does not have subject-raising constructions, show
a different syntactic behavior. Furthermore, the structural analysis of the
interaction of Persian modals and negation shows that because of the scope
interaction of negation and modals, the syntactic structure of modals with
respect to negation mostly corresponds to the semantic interpretation of