"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.
The present work contributes to a better understanding of the English
system of degree by means of a study of a number of aspects in the
evolution of adjective comparison that have so far either been considered
controversial or not been accounted for at all. As will be shown, the
diachronic aspects analysed will also have synchronic implications.
Furthermore, unlike previous synchronic as well as diachronic accounts of
adjective comparison, this monograph does not concentrate on the 'standard'
comparative strategies (i.e. inflectional and periphrastic forms) only, but
also deals with double periphrastic comparatives, thus providing an
analysis of the whole range of comparative structures in English.