"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 past quarter of a century has seen a surge in Chinese syntactic
research that hasproduced a sizeable literature on the analysis of almost
every construction in Mandarin Chinese. This guide to Chinese syntax
analyses the majority of constructions in Chinese that have featured in
theoretical linguistics in the past 25 years, using the authors’ own
analysis as well as existing or potential alternative treatments. A broad
variety of topics are covered, including categories, argument structure,
passives and anaphora. The discussion of each topic sums up the key
research results and provides new points of departure for further research.
This book will be invaluable both to students wanting to know more about
the grammar of Chinese, and graduate students and theoretical linguists
interested in the universal principles that underlie human languages.