"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.
Ellipsis occurs when certain portions of a sentence are not spoken - for
example 'Mary has read more books than Bill has [read books]' and 'Jack
called, but I don't know where [he called] from'. These constructions
interest linguists because the meaning of the sentence cannot be traced
directly to the words it contains. This volume brings together a team of
leading syntacticians to propose new and original solutions to some key
questions in the study of ellipsis: What characterizes ellipsis? Under
what conditions is it possible? What kinds of meanings are allowed to go
unspoken? Drawing on a variety of authentic constructions, they examine
ellipsis in the context of a range of syntactic phenomena such as binding,
raising, anaphora, movement and scrambling. Making significant progress
towards solving some central problems in syntactic theory, this
cutting-edge volume will be of key interest to anyone working on
theoretical syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics.