"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.
Analysing English Sentences provides a concise and clear introduction to
current work in syntactic theory, drawing on the key concepts of Chomsky’s
Minimalist Program. Assuming little or no prior knowledge of syntax or
minimalism, Radford outlines the core concepts and leading ideas and how
they can be used to describe various aspects of the syntax of English. A
diverse range of topics is covered, including syntactic structure, null
constituents, head movement, case and agreement and split projections.
Using Radford's trademark approach and writing style, the book is intensive
and progressive in nature, introducing grammatical concepts and
working in stages towards more complex phenomena.