"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 Bantu-Romance Connection
A comparative investigation of verbal agreement, DPs, and information structure
This landmark volume is the first work specifically designed to explore the
extent to which striking surface morpho-syntactic similarities between
Bantu and Romance languages actually represent similar syntactic
structures. In particular, it explores the timely and much debated issues
of verbal morphology and agreement, the structure of DPs, and word
order/information structure, with the goal of providing a better
understanding of the structure of the different languages investigated, and
the implications this holds for syntactic theory more generally. All of the
papers draw on data from both Bantu and Romance languages, providing a
framework for much-needed further comparative research on the nature of
linguistic structure, its diversity and constraints, and the implications
this has for learnability/acquisition. The volume also provides an
important precedent for incorporating insights from Bantu linguistic
structure into mainstream of syntax research.