"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.
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Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic
change is highly context-dependent and somehow tied to constructions as
linguistic units. This is the first volume to investigate the role of
constructions and the potential of constructional approaches in linguistic
change. The contributions in this volume comprise both theoretical and
empirical studies, all of which are accessible for a general audience.
While some contributions explicitly aim at comparing and unifying concepts
from both traditional grammatical theories and recent construction grammar
approaches, others offer detailed case studies of exemplary problems from a
constructional point of view. The papers offer a cross-linguistic
perspective and deal with a number of different language families, ranging
from Germanic to Austronesian.