"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.
Serial Verb Constructions in Austronesian and Papuan Languages
This volume of new work explores the nature of verb serialisation in a
range of languages from the Pacific region – both Austronesian and
non-Austronesian. Serial verbs can be described linguistically as a
sequence of verbs which behave as a single complex predicate. A particular
focus of this book is the detailed examination given by most authors to the
relationship of such uniclausal linguistic structures with the real world
notion of eventhood. The book also makes a valuable addition to the
description and analysis of serial verb constructions from the Pacific, a
region which has generally been under-represented in cross-linguistic
discussions of verb serialisation. The book will appeal to syntacticians
and typologists as well as to Austronesianists and Papuanists.
Contributors: Louise Baird, John Bowden, Volker Heeschen, David Mead,
Andrew Pawley, Ger Reesink, Miriam van Staden, Catharina Williams-van
Klinken, and Scott Youngman.