"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.
'Agreement' is the grammatical phenomenon in which the form of one item,
such as the noun 'horses', forces a second item in the sentence, such as
the verb 'gallop', to appear in a particular form, i.e. 'gallop' must agree
with 'horses' in number. Even though agreement phenomena are some of the
most familiar and well-studied aspects of grammar, there are certain basic
questions that have rarely been asked, let alone answered. This book
develops a theory of the agreement processes found in language, and
considers why verbs agree with subjects in person, adjectives agree in
number and gender but not person, and nouns do not agree at all. Explaining
these differences leads to a theory that can be applied to all parts of
speech and to all languages.