"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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This collection of original papers is a representative survey of recent
theoretical and cross-linguistic work on reciprocity and reflexivity. Its
most remarkable feature is its combination of formal approaches, case
studies on individual languages and broad typological surveys in one
volume, showing that the interaction of formal approaches to grammar and
typology may lead to new insights and results for both fields.
Among the major issues addressed in this volume are the following: How can
our current knowledge about the space and limits of variation in the
relevant domain be captured in a structural typology of reciprocity? What
light can such a typology shed on the facts of particular languages or
groups of languages (e.g. Austronesian)? How can recent descriptive and
typological insights be incorporated into a revised and more adequate
version of the Binding Theory? How do verbal semantics, argument structure
and reciprocal markers interact? How can we explain the pervasive patterns
of ambiguity observable in these two domains, especially the use of the
same forms both as reflexive and reciprocal markers? What are the major
sources in the historical development of reciprocal markers?
This combination of large-scale typological surveys with in-depth studies
of particular languages provides new answers to old questions and raises
important new questions for future research.