"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 papers in this volume in honor of Sandra Annear Thompson deal with complex sentences, an important topic in Thompson’s career. The focus of the contributions is on the ways in which the grammatical properties of complex sentences are shaped by the communicative context in which they are produced, an approach to grammatical analysis that Thompson pioneered and developed in the course of her distinguished career.
Table of Contents
Introduction Joan L. Bybee and Michael Noonan vii-viii Main clauses are innovative, subordinate clauses are conservative: Consequences for the nature of constructions Joan L. Bybee 1-17 Participles in Tsez: An emergent word class? Bernard Comrie 19-30 Mini-grammars of some time-when expressions in English Charles J. Fillmore 31-59 Denial and the construction of conversational turns Cecilia E. Ford 61-78 On the embodied nature of grammar: Embodied being-in-the-world Barbara A. Fox 79-99 The symmetry of counterfactuals John Haiman and Tania A. Kuteva 101-124 Note on the grammar of Turkish nominalizations Pelin Engin Hennesy and T. Givón 125-144 Hendiadys and auxiliation in English Paul J. Hopper 145-173 ”Sentence” in spontaneous spoken Japanese discourse Shoichi Iwasaki and Tsuyoshi Ono 175-202 Some issues concerning the origin of language Charles N. Li 203-221 Are subordinate clauses more difficult? Carol Lord 223-233 Combining clauses into clause complexes: A multi-faceted view Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen 235-319 Overwrought utterances: “Complex sentences” in a different sense Emanuel A. Schegloff 321-336 Publications by Sandra A. Thompson 337-345 Name index 351-355 Subject index 357-363