"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.
Auxiliaries are one of the most complex areas of English syntax.
Disagreement over both the principles and details of their grammar has been
substantial. Anthony Warner here offers a detailed account of both their
synchronic and diachronic properties. He first argues that lexical
properties are central to their grammar, which is relatively non-abstract.
He then traces in detail the history of processes of grammaticalisation in
their development and claims most notably that we can identify a group of
auxiliaries in English from an early period on formal, not just semantic,
grounds. This book meets the dual challenge of accounting for both the
grammar and the history of the English auxiliary. It will be essential
reading for all those interested in English syntax and its history.