"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 theory of Government and Binding, developed by Noam Chomsky and his
associates, is probably the most striking and promising development in
theoretical syntax. In this book Kenneth Safir refines and extends this
framework by re-examining the primitive syntactic relations - the means by
which all syntactic relationships and interdependencies are defined and
expressed with Universal Grammar. Dr Safir proposes the ‘Unity of Indexing
Hypothesis’, which represents a significant constraint on two central
concepts in syntactic theory: syntactic chains and the theory of indexing.
Syntactic Chains ranges widely across a number of key constructions in
syntactic theory, among them impersonal constructions and ‘definiteness’,
the PRO-drop parameter, and Case Theory; and data from an impressive number
of European languages are considered. Dr Safir writes lucidly and the
technical exposition is always carefully structured. For readers who are
unfamiliar with the latest developments in Government and Binding theory
his book will provide a valuable introduction to the main principles.